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Geography A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

 "Geography makes the world go round." 

Course content

At AS level you will study two units in depth and at A2 you will study two more. 
AS Unit 1 - Global Challenges: The meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges and how we can influence global challenges through our own lives. 
  • Topic 1 - World at Risk
  • Topic 2 - Going Global 
AS Unit 2 - Geographical Investigations: A closer look at how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed. Two topics are studied, one physical and one human.
  • Topic 1 - Extreme Weather or Crowded Cities
  • Topic 2 - Unequal Spaces or Rebranding Places 
A2 Unit 3 - Contested Planet: The use and management of resources is a key issue for geography in today's world. Consumption patterns highlight stark inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. Many resources are finite and rising consumption means that difficult decisions over the use of resources will have to be taken more frequently.
There are six compulsory topics:
  • Energy Security,
  • Water Conflicts,
  • Biodiversity Under Threat,
  • Superpower Geographies,
  • Bridging the Development Gap
  • The Technological Fix? 
A2 Unit 4 - Geographical Research: Students select and study one of the following research options:
  • Tectonic Activity and Hazards,
  • Cold Environments -landscape and change,
  • Life on the Margins - the food supply problem,
  • The World of Cultural Diversity,
  • Pollution and Human Health at Risk,
  • Consuming the Rural Landscape - leisure and tourism. 
You will learn through:
  • fieldwork
  • using information technologies including GIS
  • discussion and debate
  • group work
  • individual research/investigation
  • using a range of media
  • educational visits

Entry requirements

To study A level geography you will need 5 or more A* - C grade GCSEs, or equivalent, including English language and mathematics and a grade B or above in geography.

Future opportunities

Geography is a good basis for a large number of jobs because it combines social and physical sciences, thus providing transferable skills.

Potential careers include conservation work, environmental health, architecture, urban planning, pollution analyst, environmental consultancy, law, accountancy and banking.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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