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Geography at Yavneh College

Course description

Exam Body: AQA

This course provides a strong foundation for understanding the two main themes of the subject: human and physical geography. Physical geography looks at the scientific aspects of our world and emphasises the ways humans can help to manage them. Human geography on the other hand explores how people and groups move and live in the world around us and focuses on a range of current issues such as energy conversation.

Geography A‘ Level is likely to appeal to students who are interested in the world around them and who want to develop their understanding of the global issues which threaten to destroy our planet. A keen interest in the environment is essential, although a natural curiosity about people and the countries or cultures they come from is also necessary. The course will provide students with opportunities to visit places of geographical interest as well as get involved in fieldwork.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography

This unit allows students to explore the core physical and human geographical themes of rivers, floods and management, hot desert environments, population change and energy issues.

Unit 2: Applied Geography

Students geographical skills will be assessed based on the material covered in unit 1. Skills to be assessed will include investigative research, cartographic, graphical, ICT and interpretation of statistical data

A2 Level

Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues

This unit allows students to explore contemporary geographical themes and issues which will include the study of contemporary conflict e.g. local or international conflict, biodiversity and conservation and a comparative analysis of world cities and how they relate to each other

Unit 4: Geographical Issue Investigation

The issue investigation provides students with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate a current geographical issue which extends from the specification content – information on the issue is released 2 months prior to the examination taking place

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved at least Grade B in GCSE Geography and Grade B GCSE English Language or English Literature and Grade B GCSE Biology or Grades BB in Dual Award GCSE Science (i.e. Science & Additional or Additional Applied Science)


AS Geography consists of two units; unit 1 which contributes 70% and unit 2 which contributes 30% towards the final AS level grade. Each unit is assessed through a 2 hour written examination at the end of the AS course.

A2 Geography also consists of two units; unit 3 which contributes 30% and unit 4 which contributes 20% towards the final ‗A‘ level grade. Unit 3 is assessed through a 2 hour written examination and unit 4 is assessed through a 1hour 30 minute examination.

Future opportunities

Geography ‗A‘ Level is well-regarded for entry to degree courses in specialist subjects such as Geography, Geology and Meteorology although is also seen as an excellent foundation for many other university courses due to the research and analysis skills which are developed throughout the course. The course also provides students with a number of skills relevant to many different sectors of employment such as advertising, business, environmental management and law due to its focus on people and globalisation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Yavneh College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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