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Geography Advanced Level at Budehaven Community School

Course description

This exciting new course aims to develop and diversify candidates' likely experience of GCSE Geography, examining a broad range of both physical and human geography units. It will enable students to improve their geographical skills and develop a much better appreciation and understanding of the world in which we live.

At AS students can study units such as

  • population change
  • coastal environments
  • energy issues
    At A2 students will study four units, one of which must be Human Geography and one must be Physical Geography.

Course content

Course Aims:
The new A Level is designed to challenge students’ perceptions of the world today and stimulate investigation and analytical skills through the study of both physical and human geography. Students will explore compelling questions that have an impact on society’s past, present and future and be provided with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, benefitting any eventual undergraduate or career choices. In addition, all students will be required to undertake four days of fieldwork during the course, either locally or further afield. 
Topics of Study to Include:
Physical Geography:
  • Water & carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems & landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Ecosystems under stress
  • Cold environments
Human Geography:
  • Global systems & governance
  • Changing places
  • Contemporary urban environments
  • Population
  • Resource Security
Geographical Investigation:
Students will complete an individual investigation based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. 


Entry requirements

  •  enthusiasm and commitment
  • normal Sixth Form requirements
  • a GCSE Geography Grade B or above



The qualification is linear, which means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the 2 year course.
Component 1: Physical Geography
Written exam: 2 hrs 30 mins
40% of A Level
Component 2: Human Geography
Written exam: 2 hrs 30 mins
40% of A Level
Component 3: Geographical Investigation
3000-4000 words
20% of A Level 

Future opportunities

A geography qualification could lead to careers in: cartography, telecommunications, surveying/planning, environmental work, oceanography/meteorology, teaching, transport, travel & tourism, landscape architecture, journalism, television, computing and recreational management. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 October 2016

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