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Geography A-Level at Lancaster Girls' Grammar School

Course description

The geography course has been in its current format since 2008 and is due to change in 2016. Currently it studies contemporary issues from across the physical and human disciplines within the subject. Students have the opportunity to consider their own roles, values and attitudes in relation to the themes and issues being studied.

A variety of teaching styles are employed including group and practical work, map/photograph analysis and interpretation, informal lecturing and extension seminars. Fieldwork is also integral to the course and visits take place in both years to a variety of locations. These are both educational and enjoyable and do include the opportunity to visit Iceland – a firm favourite!

Course content

AS Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography (2hr exam). Includes the study of the core geographical concepts along with contrasting themes of contemporary or environmental impact, management and sustainability.

AS Unit 2: Geographical Skills (1hr exam) This is a geographical skills paper based on the content of the core topics and fieldwork carried out by the student on one of the field days.

A2 Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues. This is a written exam which uses an issues based approach to study of a number of contemporary themes, for example, Plate Tectonics and hazards, and World Cities.

A2 Unit 4B: Advanced Information Booklet - A written examination based on pre-released material, the focus of which changes from year to year but stems from the specification.

Entry requirements

We do have a minimum requirement of five grade Bs or higher at GCSE. English Language (minimum Grade C) is also required. There are also entry requirements linked to most AS subjects (usually grade B or better). Admission to Year 13 is currently set at 3 grade Ds from your AS results.

Subject Specific

Grade B in GCSE Geography essential. A good pass in GCSE Mathematics is also desirable.

Future opportunities

Students enjoy the variety of disciplines studied within the course and can study Geography successfully at university along with related disciplines. A very wide range of careers are open to geographers. These include architecture, economics, accountancy, law, teaching, management, environmental disciplines, oil and resource management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Girls' Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015
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