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Geography AS/A Level 3 at Astor College

Course description

Studying geography at AS and A2 opens up a world of opportunity for students. At AS and A2 aspects of both human and physical geography are studied. We have forged links with Canterbury Christ Church University and Greenwich University and attend lectures and taster days at both establishments.


Geography combines well with almost all subjects. Taken with sciences, geography supports applications for almost any science-based university course; taken with humanities, geography supports an equally wide range of university courses such as business, law, media, politics and philosophy. Many students choose to use their qualification to go straight into employment, rather than go on to higher education. Because AS and Advanced GCE Geography develops the transferable and key skills that employers are looking for, they can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities. The qualification can also lead to further training in such areas as the law, accountancy and journalism.


Students build on knowledge gained at GCSE. The course consists of both human and physical Geography and uses research skills to develop learning. Research is completed both in the classroom and out on fieldwork.


The new A Level syllabus started in September 2016. We follow the AQA exam boards specification. Due to Government changes to curriculum policy from September 2015, this subject will require all units (both AS and A2) to be assessed at the end of Year 13.


Course content

Subject Content

Physical Geography

Water and Carbon Cycles.

Hot Deserts systems and landscapes OR Coastal Systems and landscapes OR Glacial Systems and landscapes.

Hazards or Ecosystems Under Stress

Human Geography

Global systems and global governance.

Changing places.

Contemporary urban environments OR Population and the environment OR Resource security.


Entry requirements

4 - 5 GCSEs at C or above in different subjects.

Future opportunities

Town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, weather forecasting, charity work, international relations army, police, government, research organisations, environmental law, business, journalism.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact  your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 29 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years