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Geography AS/A2 at West Coventry 6th Form (Woodlands Academy, Tile Hill Wood School, Westwood Academy)

Course description

Geography is a modern practical subject, one that is recognized by employers and universities as a demanding but worthwhile course. It will provide an interesting, topical way to learn more about our world and our local environment. The research and analysis skills demanded in this subject are transferable and complement study in many areas.

Course content

In both years the subject content is broken down to cover a range of Physical & Human Geography related topics. At AS level in Yr12 we complete 2 units which cover: • Climate & Tectonic Change • Population change and settlement in MEDCs At A2 we study a further 2 units: • Coastal landforms & management of them and Globalisation • Sustainability – food, energy & cities. Students also pick their own research theme in Unit 3.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s at Grade A-C, preferably including Geography. An interest in the world around you and a curiosity about the big environmental issues in the news are essential.


This course is assessed by examinations – some on unseen material but much on specific pre-release material. Yr12: Unit 1Three compulsory questions one of which tests research/fieldwork. Unit 2 Three compulsory questions one of which tests research/fieldwork Yr13: Unit 3 Physical & Human Two essay questions one for each. Unit 3 Research Theme -One two part essay question. Unit 4 - Sustainability Pre-release material then a Decision making exercise

Future opportunities

The AS and Advanced GCE provides a strong knowledge base and can lead to further study in Geography or related subjects in higher education. Geography is a facilitating subject – one which is highly valued by universities – this is particularly due to student’s ability to research, prioritise and assimilate information throughout this course. Geography is especially useful because it has links to several career areas including town planning, environmental care, teaching and journalism.

Further information

There will be a wide variety of teaching methods used to encourage students to develop their skills and knowledge. Much of the work will be covered in class with teacher and student led presentations but there will be several opportunities for fieldwork and field trips. ICT is used extensively when researching. Students must be able to work equally well independently or in groups.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Coventry 6th Form (Woodlands Academy, Tile Hill Wood School, Westwood Academy) directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks - 104 Weeks

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