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Geography AS & A Level at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

Edexcel geography offers an issues-based approach to studying geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change.


Course content

Paper 1 (Paper code: 9GE0/01)

  • Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
  • Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Topic 7: Climate Change Futures

Paper 2 (Paper code: 9GE0/02)

  • Topic 3: Globalisation
  • Topic 4: Shaping Places
  • Topic 8: Superpowers
  • Topic 9: Global Development and Connections

Paper 3 (*Paper code: 9GE0/03)
The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas:

  • Players
  • Attitudes and actions
  • Futures and uncertainties
  • The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

Coursework: Independent Investigation (9GE0/04)
The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification.
The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data presentation of data findings and extended writing.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5x GCSE A*-C. Students having taken GCSE Geography in Year 11 should obtain Grades A-C in Geography and Grades A-C in English and Maths at GCSE.

Students without Geography GCSE may take this course on condition that they have grades A-C in Maths and English, and have shown ability at K.S.3


Edexcel Examination Board

  • Paper 1 (Paper code: 9GE0/01)
    Written examination: 2 hours
    30% of the qualification 90 marks
  • Paper 2 (Paper code: 9GE0/02)
    Written examination: 2 hours
    30% of the qualification 90 marks
  • Paper 3 (*Paper code: 9GE0/03)
    Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
    20% of the qualification 60 marks
  • Coursework: Independent Investigation (9GE0/04)
    Non-examined assessment
    20% of the qualification 60 marks

Future opportunities

Studying Geography can lead to a number of careers including:

  • Leisure and Recreation
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Health
  • Town Planning
  • Surveying
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Civil Service
  • Engineering
  • Publishing
  • Armed Services
  • Marketing
  • Banking
  • Teaching

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Douglass School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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