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AS/A2 Geography at St Thomas More Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

AS UNIT 1 - Physical Geography - Rivers and Coasts; Human Geography - Population and Energy Issues.

AS UNIT 2 - Geographcal Skills - including fieldwork on the Manifold Valley studying river characteristics.

A2 UNIT 3 - Contemporary geographical Issues - Weather and Associated hazards; Plate Tectonics; Globalisation and Development.

A2 UNIT 4a - Geographical Fieldwork Investigation based on data collection in Cornwall studying coastal processes at Looe, Newquay and sustainable tourism at EDEN project.

There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. Students undertaking a Geography A Level will study a range of contemporary issues which are relevant to our changing world today.  Issues such as global hazards, climate change, globalisation, sustainable development, migration, environmental degradation, water conflicts, superpowers, technology, energy security and social inequality.

With the breadth of knowledge that can be gained by studying Geography, it is one of the most relevant subjects you could choose to study.

Course content

Students to whom this course might appeal to want to satisfy their curiosity with the world, how it looks,is arranged and how it works. 

Students that wish to connect knowledge between the humanities and the sciences, helping them to see the world as a whole by putting phenonema, people and places in context. Students interested in interacations between the physical and human systems. Students fascinated by complexity and uncertainty in real-world contexts, nurturing a culture of argument rather than the one of answer.

Entry requirements

A Grade C at GCSE in Maths, English and Science






Component 1: Physical Geography

Section A: Water and carbon cycles(completed in AS)

Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes

Section C: Hazards(completed in AS)

Assessment 2.5 hour exam(96)marks worth 40% of A2

Component 2: Human Geography

Section A: Global Systems and Global Governance

Section B: Changing Places (completed in AS)

Section C: Population and the Environment

Assesment: 2.5 hour exam(96) marks worth 40% of A2

Component 3: Geographical Investigation

Geography Fieldwork Investigation (2 days physical and 2 human fieldwork TBC/2 days in AS year)

3,000-4,000 word personal investigation following 4 day fieldwork marked by teachers/moderated by AQA.

Future opportunities

Geography is a highly regarded academic subject.  Choosing this subject as an A Level can open doors at University and in employment. 

Geography offers opportunities to develop a wide range of skills that will contribute to your employability, whatever your chosen career.

The wide variety of transferable skills, abilities and attitudes towards independent learning developed through geographical study make geographers attractive to employers.

Geographical study involves the synthesis of facts, figures, ideas and perspectives providing ideal prepartion for decions-making at work. In a world where career paths have become more varied, transferable skills are all-important.

Further information

How can i prepare?

Be prepared to think like a Geographer!


See: "Geography is Changing" you tube video at: or the Geography Matters video at:


Geographers are going places......!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 28 February 2017

Key information

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

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Liz Todd (Trinity Progress Manager)
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 882936
    • Email address: