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Geography AS/A2 Level at Northampton School for Boys

Course description

Should I do Geography AS/A Level?

YES, if you:

  • Are interested in the use and management of resources
  • Are interested in and concerned about the natural and built environments
  • Are interested in current affairs and world problems such as natural hazards
  • Enjoy a subject relevant to your own life and experiences
  • Want opportunities to do practical work outdoors
  • Enjoy travel and finding out about new places

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Course content

AS includes the following units:

  • Global Challenges:

The meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges.  This will include the study of natural hazards and climate change and also globalization, population and migration.


  • Geographical Investigations:

A close look at how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed.  This will include one physical and one human topic.



Sixth Form

A2 Level includes the following additional units:


  • Contested Planet:

The use and management of resources.  Topics to be studies include energy security, water conflicts, biodiversity under threat, superpower geographies, the development gap and the role of technology.

  • Geographical Research:

Research in depth into a geographical topic:

Tectonic Hazards.

Entry requirements

Along with the minimum requirement of 5 GCSE passes at grade C and above, you will need a minimum grade B in Geography if you have studied it at GCSE and we will expect you to have a minimum grade B in English at GCSE Level. 


There are termly assessments and internal examinations throughout the course. In addition, at the end of Year 12 you will sit two external papers:

Unit 1:  Global Challenges, Written Examination

Final percentage 60% of AS

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations, Written Examination Final percentage 40% of AS

At the end of Year 13 you will sit two external papers:

Unit 3: Contested Planet, Written Examination

Final percentage 60% of A2

Unit 4: Geographical, Written Examination

Final percentage 40% of A2

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years