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Geography A level at Oldfield School

Course description

A Level geography covers both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It will also show how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research which will help you become an independent thinker and learner.

You will learn in a wide variety of ways such as by using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photos, videos, podcasts, as well as attending lectures and study days. You will be encouraged to frame your own questions using higher level thinking skills and showing your grasp of complex issues through report and essay writing.

Course content

What will I study?

The AS course is comprised of two units:

Unit 1 - Physical geography and people and the environment

This unit develops understanding of how the physical world operates and how it influences humans through looking at deserts and their margins and hazards. Deserts are found around the world and you will learn about how they develop and the processes and landforms that are found within them. Hazards looks at a variety of volcanic, atmospheric and hydrological hazards. You will gain an understanding of the origin and nature of these hazards and how people have adapted to living with them.

Unit 2 – Human geography and fieldwork investigation

In this unit you will develop an understanding of human geography through globalisation and fieldwork. This unit will allow you to understand how increased interdependence has transformed the relationships between peoples, states and environments. Geography fieldwork investigation will help you develop the skills people use to answer real life problems. We will develop these skills through residential trips.

The A2 course is comprised of further units that include:

Physical geography- Water and carbon cycles. Human geography- Changing places and contemporary urban environments.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE Geography is preferred, but the course is also open to students who did not study Geography in years 10 and 11 in which case a minimum grade C in English and Maths is required.


Examination Board – AQA

Future opportunities

Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. You may already be thinking ahead to potential university and career choices so it is worth bearing in mind that geography is a broad based subject that really fits well for your future progression. Geography can lead to a wide range of careers because you will gain a good understanding of the world and the skills needed to interpret it.

Of course many A Level students do not yet have a clear idea of what kind of career they might want to pursue so if this is you then remember that Geography as an A level gives you the chance to keep your options open as it covers both arts and science components and is highly regarded by universities and employers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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