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AS/A2 Level 3: Geography at Wigston College

Course description

 Students must have a real interest in people and places and geographical issues from local and global scales. A commitment to research, which may involve library work, conducting interviews and questionnaires and fieldwork, is essential. One-day field trips are organised plus lecture visits and the possibility of a one-week residential field trip to Dorset or Barcelona and Birmingham in Year 12 and a potential opportunity to visit North America in Year 13.

Course content

AS level topics Dynamic Landscapes Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards - Tectonic processes, a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards. Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change - An integrated study of processes, landforms and landscapes. A study of one landscape system and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space. • Option 2b: Coastal Landscapes and Change. Dynamic Places Topic 3: Globalisation - A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places. Topic 4: Shaping Places - A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to different places and the consequences for different people. • Option 4a: Regenerating Places A2 level topics Dynamic Places Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity - Water cycle, human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts. Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security - Carbon cycle, human and natural factors impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies. Physical Systems and Sustainability Topic 7: Superpowers - Superpowers, the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons. Topic 8: Global Development and Connections • Option 8b: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B/6 and grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSE

Students will need at least 6 A* - C GCSE grades


How you will be assessed

Assessment of Dynamic Landscapes and Physical Systems and Sustainability Paper 1—2 hours and 15 minutes 30% contribution to A level qualification Assessment of Dynamic Places and Human Systems and Geopolitics Paper 2—2 hours and 15 minutes 30% contribution to A level qualification Synoptic investigation of a contemporary geographical issue Paper 3 - 2 hours and 15 minutes 20% contribution to A level qualification A level Independent Investigation Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) Coursework 20% contribution to A level qualification

Financial information

Leicestershire Post 16 Bursary

Students are able to apply to us for support to overcome any barriers to learning.

Future opportunities


Geography is a wide-ranging subject which can be used to follow degrees in Human Geography, Physical Geography, Geology, Town Planning,  Environmental Science and Leisure & Tourism. It can lead to careers involving the management of people, the environment and resources in the fields of public administration, teaching, planning, tourism, transport and environmental organisations.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us via email at, tel 0116 288 1611 and view our

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years