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Geography AS/A2 level at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School

Course description

The course follows an ‘issues and impacts’ approach based upon contemporary subjects ranging from Health Issues and Cold Environments to Contemporary Conflicts and Challenges and Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards. Whilst students continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and processes, they will also develop the writing skills needed to discuss, evaluate, assess and analyse these geographical concepts, processes and practices through structured essay writing.
Geographical investigations are key components of both the AS and A2 courses.
These are carried out under guidance whilst allowing the students to make choices; improve their research and planning; and effectively collect, analyse and draw conclude from the data they gather.
Students will carry out research tasks to gain in-depth case study knowledge, feeding back through presentations, discussions and debates. Student progress is monitored through writing tasks, often in the exam style.
Students are also encouraged to attend the various talks and lectures run by the Hampshire and Dorset Geographical Association.


Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Geography is normally required. If Geography has not been studied at GCSE, consideration is given to the students’ performance in History, English and Maths.


The course is assessed through four exams, the AS credits make up 50% of the A2 qualification.
* Geog 1 70% of the AS and 35% of A2 – Structured short answer and extended writing
* Geog 2 30% of the AS and 15% of A2 – Structured skills and generic fieldwork
* Geog 3 30% of A2 – Structured skills and extended writing, plus an essay.
* Geog 4a 20% of A2 – Structured short and extended questions based on candidates’
fieldwork investigation and fieldwork skills.

Future opportunities

Students often take undergraduate courses within the field of Geography, such as Human and/or Physical Geography, Marine Geography, Environmental Geoscience, Earth Science. However, the skills and qualities developed through studying Geography are highly transferable into a wide range of roles and different working environments. UCAS highlight the employability of Geographers as having a ‘highly desirable suite of skills which are of a premium to all types of organisations’.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years