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A-Level (AS/A2) in Geography at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

Geography is a highly dynamic subject, demanding to find out how you interact in the world in which you live.

The syllabus offers a revitalised perspective on Geography with the programme of study looking at contemporary and real-life issues in World Geography. The course gives you a strong foundation for understanding the two main themes of the subject: human geography and physical geography; their interaction is what makes our planet tick.

There is a strong emphasis on fieldwork and the development of analysis skills throughout the course. You will be able to practise a wide range of generic and transferable skills, essential for A-Level students.

Geography students should be confident in the use of statistics and be able to construct longer written answers. A GCSE pass in Geography is desirable as many of the topics studied are new to the whole group.


Course content

Human geography deals with people and the environment and the way they both co-exist. It also looks at how people move and live in the world around us. Physical geography is all about the scientific aspects of our world with an emphasis on how we can manage them. You’ll learn about the issues you see in the papers and on the news every day such as sustainability, development and globalisation.

Human and physical geography are studied with two compulsory units - such as flood management and population change - along with optional units of particular interest to you.

Those optional units include food, energy or health issues.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Sixth Form are 5 A*- C at GCSE, including English and Mathematics, although certain courses will have specific requirements.


The theory content of the syllabus is examined by one examination, two hours long and is a mixture of short questions and essays. Skills and fieldwork are assessed by a one hour practical examination. Students need to be familiar with the use and extraction of data from photographs, maps, graphs, statistics and articles.

Financial information

Over the duration of this course students may be required to attend visits to further their learning. If there are any cost implications student will be notified in advance and financial support may be offered to students who would have difficulty funding such visits.

Future opportunities

A-Level Geography is highly thought of by employers and university admission tutors.

Further information

Geography offers a range of practical, investigative and fieldwork experiences, including visits and guest speakers.

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@, your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014
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