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Geography A Level at The Downs School

Course description

The A-level geography course encourages students to gain and apply knowledge and understanding of physical and human processes through studying places and environments with an appreciation of the dynamic nature of geography.

Students will learn and understand how places, environments and issues can change and how the human population responds to this. Students will also develop a wide range of geographical skills and be invited to join us on an exciting field trip to Iceland.

Course content

AS Level (Year 12)

Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography Rivers, Floods and Management (topics include: flood risk and management) Coastal Environments (topics include: coastal erosion, management and sea-level change) Population Change (topics include: migration and the balance between population and resources) Energy Issues (topics include: environmental impact of energy production and renewable resources)

Unit 2: Geographical Skills A geographical skills paper based on the content of Unit 1. (Skills included are: investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical.)

A2 Level (Year 13)

Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards (topics include: plate movement, vulcanicity and seismicity) Weather and Climate and Associated Hazards (topics include: hurricanes and global climate change) Development and Globalisation (topics include: Aid, measures and levels of global development, sustainable development)

Unit 4b: Geographical Issue Evaluation

Entry requirements

A minimum of GRADE B in Geography at GCSE is required for students to study A-Level Geography.

A GRADE B or above in English Language would be considered if a student hadn‟t studied GCSE Geography.


Exams and fieldwork.

Future opportunities

Geography is one of the most diverse fields of study and its unique breadth opens up a great range of career opportunities such as: air traffic control, archaeology, architecture, cartography, conservation, engineering, GIS, graphic design, medicine, meteorology, teaching, travel & tourism management, social work and surveying to name but a few. Geography students are eagerly sought after given the wide range of transferrable skills they are often proficient in. Geography students are good problem solvers, clear communicators, strong team members, demonstrate creative and independent thinking, and are socially, economically and environmentally aware.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

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