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Geography AS/A level (OCR) at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy

Course description

Geography is a subject which engages with the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time and their relationship with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global.

All the units specified offer opportunities for you to consider:

  • your own roles, values and attitudes in relation to themes and issues being studied.
  • the roles, values and attitudes of others including decision makers.

Course content

Component 1: Physical Geography

Section A:: Water and Carbon Cycles

Section B: either Hot desert environments and their margins or Coastal systems and landscapes.

Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress or Cold environments

Component 2: Human Geography

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places

Section C: either contemporary urban environments pr population and the environment or resource security

Component 3: Geographical Investigation

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field.

What skills will I develop?

  • Undertaking research and analysis
  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Investigating global issues
  • An ability to interpret natural phenomena
  • Problem solving skills
  • Independent learning

Entry requirements

All students applying for Advanced level courses at Abbey Grange C of E Academy should meet the following entry requirements. To study 4 subjects a student should have at least 7 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, with a minimum of grade 5 or above in their chosen subjects. To study 3 subjects a student should have at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, with a grade 5 or above in their chosen subjects.


Component 1: Written exam- 2 hours and 30 minutes (40% of A Level)

Component 2: Written exam- 2 hours and 30 minutes (40% of A Level)

Component 3: Coursework 3,000- 4,000 words (20% of A Level)

Further information

*The Geography A Level specification is currently in draft form.

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: 12 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS in Year 12, A2 in Year 13