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Geography AS/A2 Level at Birchwood Community High School

Course description

Geography links well with other subjects at Level 3 and provides a pathway into a variety of higher education and degree courses. Because geography sits at the interface of the sciences and humanities, the subject can be studied in science or arts/social science faculties – leading to a BA or BSc degree.  “The employment record of geography graduates is impressive, not least because of the emphasis which many departments place on the teaching of specific and transferable skills” (ISCO).  It is these skills that interest a wide variety of employers.  Geography graduates go into a huge variety of jobs, particularly into business fields such as administration and management, law, financial work and sales, marketing and buying.  Information technology and organisational skills acquired on a geography degree course, can be very useful in the Civil Service, local government, town and country planning, commerce and industry.

The world we live in is changing. Geography allows you to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness.

In this course you will study the interaction between people and the places they inhabit.  As such it is a relevant and flexible subject which integrates well with a variety of other subject areas and can usefully be combined with science, e.g. Maths, Computer Studies, Physics, Chemistry and Biology; or arts, e.g. English, History and Modern Languages.

Course content

AS Geography                

Unit 1 (30%) 

Global Challenges

Two elements:

  • World at Risk (Hazards and Global Warming)
  • Going Global (Population & Migration)

Unit 2 (20%) 

Geographical Investigations

  • Crowded Coasts
  • Re-branding places


A2 Geography

Unit 3 (30%) 

Contested Planet.

  • Focus on the use and management
    of resources and the issues arising

Unit 4 (20%)

Geographical Research

  • Consuming the rural landscape


Unit 1: 1.5 hours  60% of AS (30% of A2)

Resource-based questions. Complete all questions in Section A and a choice of 2 essay questions in section B

Unit 2: 1 hour 15mins 40% of AS (20% of A2)

Complete 2 essay-style questions (with parts a, b and c) on themes taught in Unit 2


Unit 3 (2.5 hours 30%)

Includes pre-released synoptic resource material 3 weeks before exam. Candidates answer 2 extended written questions from Section A (Contested Planet) and all of B (Synoptic Investigation)

Unit 4 ( 1.5 hours 20%)
Candidates answer one essay on a pre-released theme.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 May 2015

Key information

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