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Geography A Level at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description


Geography looks at a world in constant change. It engages with the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time and their relationship with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global.

Course content

CONTENT - Advanced Level

Advanced Level Geography follows an issues-based approach to contemporary geographical themes. Students select 3 out of 4 topics from plate tectonics and associated earthquake/volcano hazards; weather and climate hazards such as hurricanes and typhoons; development and globalisation (including TNCs, global inequalities of wealth as well as the economic development of China); and world cities.

Entry requirements

Advanced Level

  • In order to progress onto Advanced Level courses you must achieve at least a D grade at AS Level in three subjects (excluding General Studies)
  • See entry conditions for AS Levels



AS level has one paper (35%) based on the main subject material and a shorter Applied Geography paper (15%) based on skills and fieldwork. A2 level also has two papers - the first on geographical issues (30%) while for the second paper (20%) students answer questions about a real aspect of Geography. There is no coursework.

Future opportunities


Geography bridges the gap between Science and Humanities. It can be combined effectively with A levels from the Sciences or the Arts. Students with a Geography A level studied degrees ranging from Medicine, Law, Planning, and Landscape Gardening to Oceanography. A degree qualification in Geography (BSc or BA) can lead to a wide variety of educational and employment opportunities and careers. Environmental issues and conservation, town planning, surveying, the Civil Service, retailing, weather forecasting and management posts in a wide variety of other areas are just some of the opportunities followed by previous Geographers.

Further information


A GCSE grade B or above in Geography usually places students in a position to undertake the rigours of this subject although it is possible for someone who has not studied GCSE geography to undertake the course provided they can show evidence of a similar standard being reached in other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 school year