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Geography A Level at Ashington Community High School

Course description

This course is for those students who:
- Have an interest in and concern for the environment
-Are interested in current affairs
- Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences
- Want the opportunity to carry out practical work outdoors as well as class work
- Enjoy finding out their own answers through research

Course content

The course is divided between a study of Physical and Human Geography covering:

- Tectonic hazards
- Coastal landscapes and change
- Globalisation
- Regenerating places

- The water cycle and water insecurity
- The carbon cycle and energy insecurity
- Superpowers
- Global development and connections

Entry requirements

Students will need a grade B or above in Geography at GCSE.


The Geography course is delivered through a combination of teacher-led lessons and more student-centred research tasks. Students will master the skills of data interpretation and research as well as learning to cope with traditional essay writing. Unit 3 involves a number of fieldwork and research tasks outside of the classroom.

Paper 1- Based on 4 topics worth 30% - 2 hours 15 minutes

Paper 2 - Based on 4 topics worth 30% - 2 hours 15 minutes

Paper 3 - Based on a synoptic investigation of a geographical issue within a place-based context, covering all of the compulsory course content (worth 20%)

Paper 4 - Independent investigation where student picks the question or issue (internally assessed)

Future opportunities

Geography is considered an appropriate A Level for many degree courses as it has both a science and an arts element to it. It can be taken to complement any combination of A Levels.

Possible careers include:
- Teaching
- Town planning
- Environmental management
- Marketing
- Forestry
- Housing management
- Leisure and tourism

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashington Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2017

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