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Geography AS level at Shenfield High School

Course description

The A Level Geography course gives students a strong foundation for understanding the two main themes of the subject: Human Geography and Physical Geography. Between them, they are what make our planet tick. The A Level in Geography is designed to give greater flexibility to both teachers and students, and provide a smooth transition from GCSE to Higher Education. It builds naturally on GCSE knowledge and allows pupils to develop fieldwork skills while having an increased range of topics for study. Students who opt for the course should be interested in the study of geographical issues and impacts and have a desire to develop a specialist interest within Geography. A Level geographers need to be able to consider their own values and attitudes and those of decision makers.

Geography students need a number of skills including the ability to undertake research and analysis, work as a team on practical projects, investigate global issues and an ability to interpret natural phenomena.

Course content

The following topics will be studied:

  • Physical geography and people and the environment.
  • Human geography and geography fieldwork.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a B grade in the higher paper in Geography. B grade in English Language.


Two exams at the end of Year 12 to gain an AS qualification.

Future opportunities

Students can specialise in Geography at Higher Education and use their Geography A Level as a stepping stone to study Geology at university. Students could find themselves doing things like charting oil wells or exploring rock formations throughout the world. Because geography is about the interaction between people and our planet, this fascinating subject is valid for a number of different career paths, for example advertising, environmental management, law or social services.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year