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Geography AS and A Level at Shenley Brook End School

Course description

The course provides a logical extension from GCSE Geography, building on skills developed in Years 9,10 and 11.  The subject has links with other subject areas: notably Biology, Mathematics and Business Studies.  Traditionally the subject is linked with English and History.  The course helps students to develop decision-making skills and to consider management issues.  These are valuable in future study and careers.

Course content

1.  Physical Geography
Section A: Water and carbon cycles
Section B: either Hot desert environments and their margins

Coastal systems and landscapes
Section C: either Hazards
Ecosystems under stress
Cold environments

2.    Human Geography
Section A: Global systems and global governance
Section B: Changing places
Section C: either Contemporary urban environments
Population and the environment
Resource security
3.  Geographical investigation
Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in
the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

Entry requirements

Students must have at least grade C at GCSE Geography (from the Higher Tier Paper). You will be required to take part in fieldwork activities arranged through school.  Students should be able to research issues with a minimum of guidance and are expected to use the media to maintain a knowledge of key current events.  Whilst no specific entry requirements in Mathematics are insisted upon, numeracy is important in this course.


There are two written exams each worth 40% of the total marks. There is also a written assignment of 3,000 – 4,000 words worth 20% of the total marks.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenley Brook End School directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016
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