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Geography A Level at Archbishop Blanch C of E High School

Course description

Unit 1 Physical Geography

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards OR Ecosystems (TBC)

Unit 2 Human Geography

  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Population and the environment OR Contemporary urban environments (TBC)

Unit 3 Geographical Skills

  • Including investigative skills, Cartographic, geographical, ICT and statistical skills.

Course content

This new specification for Geography is designed to challenge perceptions and stimulate students’ investigative and analytical skills. All of this will help provide students with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm sought by higher education and employers. Geography is a very wide-ranging subject compatible with many other fields and useful for a huge variety of future careers. Geography also addresses the majority of key skills required during your sixth form and has direct relevance to many world events.

Entry requirements

You do not necessarily need to have done Geography at GCSE. However, if you have done, a minimum of a grade B will be required. A minimum Grade B in Maths is also required.


2 teachers will teach you the units. Work is varied and a wide range of teaching methods are used from traditional approaches to the latest developments in I.T. All students are required to undertake fieldwork in relation to processes in both physical and human geography. Students must undertake four days of fieldwork during their A-level course.

3 Examinations all taken at the end of year 13

  • Paper 1 (2½ hours) Written exam on physical geography Multiple choice, structured short and extended questions 40% of A level
  • Paper 2 (2½ hours) Written exam on human geography Multiple choice, structured short and extended questions 40% of A level
  • Paper 3 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. 3000 – 4000 words 20% of A level.

Future opportunities

A wide range of career opportunities are open to geographers with universities and colleges accepting the subject for both arts and science courses. Further study can lead to careers in teaching, town and country planning, cartography, meteorology, geology, geophysics, archivist, archaeology and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Blanch C of E High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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