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Geography at Old Swinford Hospital

Course description

The Course

AS Level

Unit 1Physical and Human Geography

Core Physical and Human sections plus one optional physical and one optional human section. Physical includes rivers, floods and management and cold environments. Human includes global population change and health issues.

Unit 2 – Applied Geography

Students develop the ability to use and apply a variety of geographical skills. Students apply their knowledge and skills from unit 1 to unseen information/resources and with reference to fieldwork.

A2 Level

Unit 3Contemporary Geographical Issues

Possible subject matter includes plate tectonics and associated hazards, weather, climate and associated hazards, challenges facing ecosystems, world cities, development and globalisation, and contemporary conflicts and challenges.

Unit 4Geographical Issue Evaluation


The skills that are used in Geography make students of potential interest to a variety of employers. The close links between the subject and the world around us makes for a long and varied list of career choices.

What next…

Previous year 13 Geographers went on to study a variety of courses at University. These include Human and Physical Geography, Earth Sciences and Computing, Construction Management, Geological Science and Town Planning.


Fieldwork is all part of the subject. Both Year 12 and Year 13 undertake fieldwork. Residential field work takes place in November for Year 12,and Year 13 complete field work in Birmingham.


“What is knowledge worth if we know nothing about the world that sustains us, nothing about natural systems and climate, and nothing about countries and cultures?”

Jonathan Poritt (environmentalist)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.