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Geography A Level at The Grey Coat Hospital

Course description

At A level we continue the approach of learning about physical and human environments through studying issues based Geography.

Geography is about the natural world and the place of people within it. Studying geography involves developing a curious, questioning approach to the world at a local, national and global level.

Post-16 geography builds on and develops skills and knowledge developed at GCSE. It encourages students to focus on major global issues and provides a framework within which to investigate them.

Course content

  • A2 1: Contested planet: this unit consists of 6 compulsory units which are: Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity Under Threat, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap and The Technological Fix.
  • A2 2: In this unit students have to choose one of the following and carry out structured research throughout the year: Tectonic Activity and Hazards, Cold Environments- Landscapes and Change, Life on the Margins – the Food Supply Problem, The World of Cultural Diversity, Pollution and Human Health at Risk, Consuming the Rural Landscape – Leisure and Tourism. Guidance on where to focus on the chosen topic is given four weeks prior to the final examination.

Entry requirements

To study in the Sixth Form, students need to attain five GCSE grades at A*-C, including English and Mathematics.




A2 level Geography is assessed with two examinations at the end of the course. There is no coursework.

Further information

AS and A2 Level Geography links many other subject areas. It contains elements of the Sciences through topics such as climate change and the management of hazards (earthquakes and volcanoes). It includes aspects of Psychology in understanding how human behaviour shapes places, especially in cities. It has links with Law, Politics and History in investigating how decisions are made and how this affects the places in which we live. It uses a variety of data sources which have obvious links with Maths, economic links and as the study of different countries Geography has links with Modern Languages.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Grey Coat Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2017
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