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A Level Geography at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

Course description

Your planet needs you! Never before has there been such global concern of geographical issues, from global warming to population control, from urban management to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Students learn about the processes that shape the world and the increasing significance of people within this global system through a series of contemporary studies. It does far more than simply analyse the places, it places them in a broad social, environmental and economic context. Geography A level is characterised by breadth and relevance to the modern world drawing on knowledge and skills from across a broad spectrum of arts and science based subjects. “Geography takes you places”. It is hoped to offer both residential fieldwork in the UK and possibly a repeat of the popular Iceland field trip during 2017.

Course content

Unit 1 Changing Physical Environments - Investigation Climate Change, Tectonic (earthquakes and volcanoes) and Hydrological (river) Hazards

Unit 2 Changing Human Environments - Investigating Population Change and Settlement Change

Fieldwork is a compulsory component of this course and will be assessed in all examinations. A number of day visits or a residential visit will take place within the UK to prepare students for the fieldwork elements of their examinations and these will cover both physical and human geography. An optional foreign fieldtrip may run in 2017.

Unit 3: Contemporary themes and research in Geography – To include a choice of one from Hot Deserts and Tundra, Glacial or Coastal, Climatic Hazards and one from Development, Globalisation, Emerging Asia (India or China). The unit also includes a research study of one from 10 further contemporary issues including Crime, Leisure and Recreation, Retailing, Ecosystems, Deprivation and Disease

Unit 4: Sustainability - Four topics to be covered: Food, Water, Energy, Cities

Entry requirements

  •  A keen interest in the world in which we live, an enquiring mind and an ability to communicate your ideas.
  •  A wide range of transferable and life skills will be developed during the course of study.


Units 1 & 2 - 1.5 hours written examination each - Structured data response questions, short answer questions with physical and human fieldwork reference incorporated into the final questions of G1 & G2

Unit 3 – 2.25 hours – Two essays one from each studied theme and one based on chosen research topic. Titles pre-released one year in advance.

Unit 4 – 1.75 hours – Synoptic paper with pre-release materials six weeks in advance, including 2 essays.

Future opportunities

Students with AS/A level Geography have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education possibilities. The course develops a vast number of sought after transferable skills desirable to both higher education and employment. These include collecting, analysing and interpreting primary data, communicating your findings through reports, presentations and video, identifying and developing links between the human and the physical landscapes. Geography combines well with all other AS and A level subjects. Taken with sciences, it supports applications to traditional science-based courses like engineering, psychology, environmental sciences, oceanography and geology. Taken with humanities, Geography will support an equally wide range of university courses such as economics, business studies, law, media, politics and philosophy. Perhaps uniquely among the AS and A level subjects Geography includes and integrates the arts, sciences and social sciences, providing a correspondingly broad base of knowledge, understanding and skills. As such the study of Geography provides an open door to your career options. This course remains a modular AS/A level course until 2018 exams.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years