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GEOGRAPHY - AS/A Level (AQA) at Churchdown School Academy

Course description

2 year course offered as part of a full time study programme

Entry requirements

Pathway 1: 4 A levels

•        5 A* to C Grades in GCSEs, including Maths and English, and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)

Pathway 2: A combination of A levels and Level 3 Vocational Courses

•        5 A*to C Grades (Merits in BTEC and Vocational Courses) and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)


Component 1: Physical Geography
This is assessed through one 2hours 30 mins exam at the end of the course worth 40%
Section A: Water and Carbon Cycles
Section B: Coastal Systems and Landscapes
Section C: Hazards
Component 2: Human Geography
This is assessed through one 2hours 30 mins exam sat at the end of the course worth 40%
Section A: Global Systems and Global Governance
Section B: Changing Places
Section C: Contemporary Urban Environments
Component 3: Geographical Investigation
This is an assessed 3,000-4,000 word individual
investigation based on an issue relating to any of the
topics taught over the two years. Worth 20%
It is possible to take a one-year AS in Geography:
The topics studied in Year 12 include:
• Water and Carbon Cycles
• Contemporary Urban Environments
• Fieldwork Investigation
All three of these topics are assessed though two
exams at the end of Year 12.

Future opportunities

Where could this lead?
Geographers are employable! More people leaving University with Geography related degrees find Graduate Jobs in their first year than from any other degree.
There are many jobs that lead directly on from Geography such as Cartographer, Surveyor, Environmental Consultant, GIS Systems, Town Planner, Meteorologist, Hazard Management, Flood Defence and Tourism.
In addition to this many employers see Geography as an important subject as it shows that you have problem solving skills, can work well with others and have a wide, well-reasoned outlook on issues and as such the most popular employment sector after University is in management and graduate training programs.

Further information

Will it suit me?
Geography covers a wide range of topics with a large emphasis on decision making and investigation of current issues and issues for the future.
The course involves a residential fieldtrip, which allows you to learn fieldwork techniques in Start Bay, in Plymouth and on Dartmoor.
There is a large emphasis on group work, discussion and investigation of issues. Geography at A Level focuses on real life problems around the world and puts you in the position of planner and solver.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years