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Geography A2 level at The Bushey Academy

Course description

The aims of the Edexcel Advanced Level GCE in Geography are to:

  • Develop and apply understanding of geographical concepts and processes to understand and interpret our changing world.
  • Develop awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments at scales from local to global.
  • Develop as global citizens who recognise the challenges of sustainability and the implications for their own and others’ lives.
  • Improve as critical and reflective learners aware of the importance of attitudes and values, including their own become adept in the use and application of skills and new technologies through their geographical studies both in and outside the classroom.
  • Be inspired by the world around them, and gain enjoyment and satisfaction from their geographical studies and understand their relevance.

Course content

The full Advanced GCE award consists of the two AS units (Units 1 and 2), plus two A2 units (Units 3 and 4) which make up the other 50 per cent of the advanced GCE. Students wishing to take the full Advanced GCE must, therefore, complete all four units.

Students will study Unit 1 – Global Challenges and Unit 2 – Geographical Investigations in the AS year. Unit one includes two topics: The World at Risk and Going Global. Unit two includes the two topics Crowded Coasts and Unequal Spaces.

Students will study Unit 3 – Contested Planet and Unit 4 – Geographical Research in the A2 year. Unit 3 consists of 6 compulsory topics including topical and modern issues such as Water Conflicts, Bridging the Development Gap and The Technological Fix.


Students will sit two exams in the Summer of Year 12 and two exams in the summer of Year 13.

AS exams:

  • Unit 1 – exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes in two sections.
  • Unit 2 – exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes in two sections.

A2 exams:

  • Unit 3 – 2 hour and 30 minutes exam in two sections.
  • Unit 4 – 1 hour and 30 minutes based on research.

Future opportunities

Geography A-level compliments the study of a broad range of other subjects including Sociology, History, Economics and Science. Many career prospects are available with a qualification in Geography, including progression into many university courses, Geography-based or not. The study of Geography at degree level can lead to careers directly linked to the subject working in both humanitarian and environmental organisations in the UK and overseas, law, environmental planning and management, teaching and surveying amongst many others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years