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Geography AS/A2 Level at Netherthorpe School

Course description

The course focuses on questions, issues and problems and as there is often no definite answer to a given problem, plenty of discussion will take place in lessons.

Fieldwork is also very important and there will be one day fieldwork activities and a residential field course, based in North Wales.

There will also be an opportunity to go on a curriculum enhancement study trip to the Bay of Naples in Italy.

Course content

In the first year of the course, topics include climate change, hazards, globalisation, population migration, coastal management and rebranding places.

In the Second Year, topics include Energy Security, Biodiversity under Threat, Superpower Geographies, Water Conflicts, Pollution and Human Health.

Entry requirements

Students who have studied GCSE Geography must have a higher grade pass. Those who have not studied the subject can also take up A Level. We expect our students to be willing to work hard outside lessons.

In lessons there is a good mixture of individual and group work and students will be expected to contribute ideas in class discussions. It is important that you have a lively and enquiring mind and an interest in current affairs and in the environment.


There will be two exams in the first year (1 ½ hours and 1 ¼ hours).

In the Second year, there are also two exams (2½ hours and 1½ hours). There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

Students will have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. Geography combines well with sciences to support applications for courses like engineering, psychology, environmental sciences, oceanography and geology.

If taken with humanities, geography supports an equally wide range of courses such as business, law, media, politics and philosophy. For students going straight into employment geography helps develop the key skills that employers are looking for. Geography teaching is also an option.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

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