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Geography at The Bishop's Stortford High School

Course description

Examination Board: EDEXCEL.

'Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future'

Michael Palin, President - Royal Geographical Society.

The world in which we live is rapidly changing. The A-level in Geography allows us to understand how and why it is changing and how we can respond and adapt to such change. Geographical issues have become increasingly frequent in local, national and international debates on key issues including global physical hazards, climate change, global warming, globalisation, migration, urbanisation, extreme weather, energy security, water conflicts, biodiversity, superpower geographies, and the development gap. To name but a few!

During this A-level Geography course you will study all the above issues - and many more besides.

What makes a good Geographer?

Having knowledge and understanding of such issues has become essential in modern industry, government, science and education and as a consequence, good Geographers are becoming ever more sought after. Whilst studying Geography you will also develop communication skills ,literacy and numeracy, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness.

This new course places a strong emphasis on learning outside the classroom and using and applying contemporary case studies and ideas. Students will find the course directly relevant to their lives addressing issues of local, national and global significance.

The department is extremely well-resourced. The school library and the department itself contain an extensive literary section and the students have the use of department ICT facilities including 16 laptops, digital TV recording facilities, interactive whiteboards and a Sixth Form study room. The department also subscribes to various geographical publications, which are used throughout the course as a source of up-to-date information.

A successful 'A' level geographer will leave with a broad and detailed understanding of key national and global issues, as well as the capability to successfully acquire, represent and analyse data, complete short answer questions and write academic essays.

Course content

AS Level Unit 1: Global Challenges - This unit focuses on the meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges and how we can influence global challenges through our lives.

AS Level Unit 2: Geographical Investigations - This unit focuses on fieldwork and related research. Geographical investigation is an important part of the A-level specification. In the examination, students will be required to show their skills in the planning, collection and analysis of information, as well as concluding and evaluating fieldwork and research findings.

A2 Level Unit 1: This unit aims to introduce students to key contemporary global issues, and to allow them to explore the significance of the issues and examine a range of potential solutions to them.

A2 Level Unit 2: Research skills and fieldwork are the key feature of this unit. Students study one topic from the six offered in this unit. Topics range from those with a strong physical geography focus (tectonic hazards), to those concerned more with environmental, social and cultural geographies (cultural diversity). This is an opportunity for A2 students to specialise in an area of geography that interests them.

Entry requirements

B grade or above in GCSE Geography.


Examinations: 100%.

Coursework: None.

Future opportunities

Once the students have completed the course the subject does not 'close doors' and its subject matter and skills offer a sound basis to a variety of career opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop's Stortford High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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