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Geography AS/A Level at Sheldon School

Course description

During the course students will study a balance of physical and human geographical concepts, as well as developing fieldwork and investigation skills. The course will develop the opportunity to develop essay writing skills and data handling techniques. It is most likely that we will follow the new AQA specification.

Course content

Year 12 / AS

Paper 1 – Physical Geography

  • This optional content will most likely include a study of coastal landscapes and a second unit on hazardous environments.

Paper 2 – Human Geography

  • This will include a study of the economic, social and political changes associated with globalisation, with a fieldwork and investigation paper that draws on the skills through the rest of the course. This year will involve a residential fieldwork visit to Slapton FSC.

Year 13 / A2

Paper 1 – Physical Geography

  • This will include a study of both the water and carbon cycles. Students taking the two-year linear course will be assessed on the content from Year 12 as above.

Paper 2 – Human Geography

  • This will involve contrasting studies on two places, to identify how people engage with those environments. The optional content will most likely analyse global resource security

Paper 3 – Individual Investigation

  • The will involve independent investigation into an issue identified by the student at the end of Year 12. It will conclude in a 3,000-4,000 word report and can cover any aspect of the specification

Entry requirements

A grade B at GCSE Geography is preferable; however, consideration will be given to C grade students who have a proven record of commitment to and enthusiasm for Geography. Students who have not studied GCSE Geography should discuss their suitability with Mr Williams / Mrs Goldsmith as they would be expected to achieve a B grade or above in their Humanities GCSE subject.


Two examinations at the end of each year. There is no coursework although one of the papers does require participation in fieldwork to have taken place.

Future opportunities

A-Level Geography is highly regarded by all Universities. The study of Geography often leads to careers in International Development, Business, Environmental Planning and Management. The holistic nature of the subject leads to a global awareness and transferable skill set desirable in many professions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years