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Geography AS Level at St Peter's School, Huntingdon

Course description

OCR A level Geography covers, at AS level,

  • the study of how change is affecting human environments through the growth of cities, tourism and energy use, and
  • the development of physical landscapes including the challenges they present to the people who live there.

Course content

Geography doesn't only help you form your opinions about the big issues facing our planet such as population growth, pollution and our reliance on fast-depleting resources! It also helps you build important skills such as the ability to analyse a problem and look at the costs and benefits of potential solutions.

You'll learn

  • how to use written and visual resources to gain information, and
  • express your ideas clearly in writing, in maps and diagrams and verbally.

If you're interested in how the physical aspects of the world like landscape and climate influence how people live, and want to understand why places are like they are, Geography will be a subject that will appeal to you.

Geography at AS is divided up between Human Geography and Physical Geography.

  • AS Level: Managing Physical Environments -River Environments -Coastal Environments -Hot/ and semi-arid Environments
  • AS level: Managing Change in Human Environments -Managing Urban Change -Managing Rural Change -The Energy Issue 2 Exams in May (One Human and one Physical Geography)

Entry requirements

  • If you have already studied GCSE Geography, you need to have gained at least a grade C.
  • You can take Geography A level without having done GCSE, but you should be able to show you can write well and have a reasonable ability in Maths, so English Language and Maths at GCSE grades C or above are advisable.


Throughout the course you will be given a variety of homework tasks ranging from research to creating presentations to formal essays.

These will be assessed by your teachers and you will be given detailed feedback so you know exactly how to improve.

Your grade is by final exam:

In AS Geography you will have two exams, both in the summer. There is no coursework.

Financial information

Minimal costs will be incurred for a field visit to a Coast in the unit concerning Geographical Skills.

Buying a text book is also recommended. New they are 24.99; second hand from previous students prices range from 5 - 10 depending on condition.

Future opportunities

A good A level grade will help you move onto any degree course you want.Alternatively, employment opportunities where your geographical skills will be particularly valued include journalism and the media, law, engineering, business management, ICT, environmental management, teaching, economic planning, marketing, leisure, recreation and tourism.

Geographers have the opportunity to use a unique combination of knowledge and skills, offering a much wider range of employment opportunities.

Past St Peter's A level students have gone onto degrees in Loughborough to study Geography; Sheffield to study Economics with a view to teach abroad; Sheffield to study Architecture. Also some students have chosen to work and joined the Police Force and become a holiday rep in Ibiza!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's School, Huntingdon directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year