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Geography AQA AS Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

AS Geography is an exciting course where students study physical and human geography and complete a geographical fieldwork investigation. In physical geography students gain an understanding of the cycles that drive our planet, looking at the water and carbon cycles. There is also the study of hazards looking at the relationship between earthquakes and volcanoes and humans. In human geography students will study a changing dynamic world looking at how places change. There is also a fieldwork element where students will undertake at least two days of fieldwork which will be examined in an examination.

Course content

Learning Method:

A wide range of skills which are essential to geographers are included in the course, many of them being within fieldwork activities. These include the analysis and interpretation of a wide range of maps, analysis and interpretation of photographs, how to collect geographic information and data, the ability to present data by various graph and cartographic methods and also how to analyse geographical statistics and use certain formulae to achieve this. Fieldwork is compulsory and there will be day trips to local areas and residential trips. In previous years we have undertaken residential trips to Switzerland and Iceland which we hope to continue in the future.

Entry requirements

  • 5 grade Cs or above at GCSE level, including a C or above in this subject


Component 1 - Physical Geography, People and the Environment 50% of AS level
Component 2 - Human Geography and Geography Fieldwork Investigation 50% of AS level

Future opportunities

A Level Geography is a passport to success in a wide variety of careers. As well as carrying on in a career using your subject knowledge you will have acquired many valuable skills which make geographers valued employees. You will have proved that you have the ability to work on your own or as part of a team, will have a knowledge of current affairs and the ever increasing environmental problems we will face in the future. It has also been very pleasing to see an ever increasing number of students continuing their Geography education at Universities such as Cambridge, Durham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds in recent years.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

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