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Geography at Richard Hale School

Course description

Exam Body: AQA

What students can expect of the course

  • AS / A2 Geography builds upon the style and content of the course encountered at GCSE.
  • Geog 4 offers a choice of written examination based on fieldwork
  • During the course students will carry out assignments which include practical and statistical work as well as preparation for the essay questions encountered in the examination.
  • It is essential that students read widely on the subject to build up a depth of understanding.
  • Students may be offered the opportunity to take part in a fieldwork trip as part of the course.
  • Course content

    GEOG 1 (AS)

    (AS) (70%)

    (A2) (35%)

    GEOG 2 (AS)

    (AS) (30%)

    (A2) (15%)

    Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography

    A 2 hour written examination on the core geographical topics

    Compulsory topics

    a) Rivers and Flood Management

    b) Population Change

    Optional topics

    a) Coasts

    b) Health Issues

    Unit 2: Applied Geography

    A 2 hour examination of structured skills based questions based on the topics in Geog 1 plus generalised questions on fieldwork techniques and analysis.

    GEOG 3 (A2)

    (A2) (30%)

    GEOG 4 (A2)

    4a A2 (20%)

    Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues

    A 2 hour examination which takes an issue based approach requiring the study of 3 topics at least one of which must be a physical geography topic;-

  • Plate tectonics and associated hazards
  • Challenges facing ecosystems
  • World cities - evolution or revolution?
  • Contemporary conflicts and challenges.

    Unit 4A: Geography Fieldwork Investigation

    A 1 hour exam with both short and extended questions based on the candidate's own fieldwork.

  • Entry requirements

    GCSE Geography: B grade or better is recommended. Students who have not studied GCSE Geography could take this course, but should seek acceptance from the Head of Department before doing so.


    See above for details.

    Future opportunities

    Study of Geography at this level provides a range of knowledge and skills, and as such is widely accepted as a strong foundation for study in higher education including Russell Group Universities and further employment opportunities.

    How to apply

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

    Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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