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Geography AS & A Level at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School

Course description

Geography is a diverse and engaging subject that covers issues relevant to our world today. A range of technologies is used for areas such as fieldwork which can be undertaken on any area of the specification content.

The specification embraces contemporary Geography whilst retaining key elements of traditional Geography. The subject content follows an 'issues and impacts' approach throughout. It has a developmental structure which helps to facilitate progression through the course and beyond to link with the demands of higher level study.

Course content

This specification gives flexibility to teachers and students studying A Level Geography. Students have a choice of being assessed: either on fieldwork skills and on a fieldwork investigation of their choice by taking the Geography fieldwork investigation paper (Unit 4A) or by taking the issue evaluation paper (4B).

A Key feature of this specification is the scope given for teachers to choose topics to study within units 1 and 3. 

This specification allows students to develop:

  • their own roles, values and attribution in relation to themes and issues being studied
  • team working and time management through the challenges of fieldwork activities
  • their understanding of geographical concepts and processed to understand and interpret our changing world as global citizens who recognise the challenges of sustainability and the implications for their own and others' lives.
  • connections between the different aspects of Geography

Entry requirements

GCSE Grades A*-C in 5 subjects (to include GCSE Grade B in Geography, English & Mathematics).


AS Level

  • Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography
  • Unit 2: Geographical Skills

A Level

  • Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues
  • Unit 4A: Geography Fieldwork Investigation
  • Unit 4B: Geographical Issue Evaluation

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 December 2016
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