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Geography at Holyhead

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Course Overview

Geography at A Level is about you finding out where you fit in the ever expanding world around us, therefore fieldwork will play an important part of your learning at A Level, to go out and explore environments, both urban and rural in order to take outside experiences and analyse them to the highest Level.

We scale down the amount of topics and really look in depth at serious global issues and the impact they will have on you and others. Sustainability in all its facets is now the largest growing employer in the global economy. Therefore this is central to themes at AS, but especially at A Level Geography, ensuring a solid grounding in both your employability and academics as you potentially move on to degree Level. 

Skills Needed

You must be able to research a range of primary and secondary sources in order to come to decisions on global issues. Report writing skills are essential for examination answers. A general inquisitive nature about how our world functions is essential, along with reasoned decision making skills and the ability to work independently.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Global Challenge

Topic 1: World at Risk

Topic 2: Going Global

Topic 3: Crowded Coasts

Topic 4: Rebranding

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations

Topic 1: World at Risk

Topic 2: Going Global

Topic 3: Crowded Coasts

Topic 4: Rebranding


Year 2
Unit 3 - Contested Planet
Topic 1: Energy Security
Topic 2: Water Conflicts
Topic 3: Biodiversity Under Threat
Topic 4: Superpower Geography
Topic 5: Bridging the Development Gap
Topic 6: The Technological Fix?
Unit 4 - Geographical Research – Students must select and study ONE research option;
Option 1: Tectonic Activity and Hazards
Option 2: Cold Environments: Landscapes and Change
Option 3: Life on the Margins: the Food Supply Problem
Option 4: The World of Cultural Diversity
Option 5: Pollution and Health Risk
Option 6: Consuming the Rural Landscape: Leisure & Tourism

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths

Grade B GCSE Geography


Year 1

Unit 1: Global Challenges - 1 hour and 30 minutes external examination

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations – 1 hour and 15 minutes external examination

Year 2
Unit 3 - Contested Planet - Assessment: 2 hour and 30 minutes external examination
Two questions worth 25 marks, split into a 10 and a 15 mark question. A 40 mark question split into 3 sections based on a pre-released booklet.
Unit 4 - Geographical Research - Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute external examination including pre-released research focus material.

Further information

Enrichment Opportunities

Snowdonia, Dorset Coast residential, The Eden Project, Blackpool. There are also a range of lectures, seminars and master classes that vary from year to year which are made available to all students.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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