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AS/A2 Geography at Sandringham School

Course description

Course Aims:

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 Structure:

Unit 1: Global Challenges

This unit explore causes, impacts and management of global challenges (Tectonic Hazards, Climate Change, Migration, Population and Globalisation). (90 minute exam)

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations

This unit develops fieldwork skills. We examine how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed. Crowded Coasts and Rebranding Places. (75 minute exam)

Unit 3: Contested Planet

The use and management of resources is a key issue for today’s world. We explore six topics: Energy Security; Water Conflicts; Biodiversity Under Threat; Superpower Geographies; Bridging the Development Gap; and The Technological Fix? (2 ½ hr exam)

Unit 4: Geographical Research

We research options:  Tectonic Activity and Hazards; Cold Environments – landscapes and change; Life on the Margins – the food supply problem; The World of Cultural Diversity; Pollution and Human Health at Risk; Consuming the Rural Landscape – leisure and tourism. (1 ½ hr exam writing a report on your chosen topic)


Entry requirements

B at GCSE Geography

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 April 2015
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Key information

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