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A Level Geography at The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

Course description

We live in a world of amazing beauty, infinite complexity and rigorous challenge. Geography is the subject which opens the door to this dynamic world and prepares each one of us for the role of global citizen in the 21st century. Geography is a subject which builds on young people's own experiences, helping them to formulate questions, develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives. 

Course content



Global Challenges

Topic 1: World at Risk (global nature hazards and climate change that threaten our lives throughout the world)

Topic 2: Going Global (global economic changes which impact unequally on people, population change and migration)

1 hour 30 minutes data response and essay style examination.




Geographical Investigations. Students study one Physical and one Human topic undertaking fieldwork for each of these:

Topic 2: Crowded Coasts looks at how increasing development is testing our ability to manage coastal environments

Topic 4: Rebranding Places focusses on how we need to re-image and regenerate rural and urban places, using appropriate strategies

1 hour 15 minutes data response and essay style examination.





Contested Planet. A diverse programme of study including topics such as "Energy Security", “Water Conflicts”, "Biodiversity under threat" and "The Technological Fix" allows students to consider the problematic world in which we live and to seek through research, ways to manage and sustain future global developments.  Pre-released resource booklet, to be used in the data response section of the examination.

2 hours 30 minutes





Geographical Research. Students conduct research, collect and prepare appropriate material for the topic Life on the Margins: the Food Supply Problem and write a report under examination conditions. Examination is based upon a pre-release research focus.

A written report in 1 hour 30 minutes



Entry requirements

You ideally need to have a grade B or higher in GCSE Geography

Future opportunities

Students who study Geography have the opportunity to work in a wide range of careers. Geography is considered to be a highly disciplined and valuable academic subject at A Level by universities and higher education courses for entry onto Science or Arts based courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years