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Geography A2 Edexcel at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

Geography is increasingly being recognised as a globally important subject, due to the increasing threat our world’s populations are facing. No other subject studies the in-depth relationships between society and the natural environment and gives students the opportunity to widen their horizons to incorporate the whole world. Geography is welcomed for virtually all Higher Education courses. The emphasis on environmental issues leads towards many new Environmental and Management degrees. Geography can be studied as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or as a Bachelor of Science (BSc), which demonstrates its diversity of application. The AS/A2 course at Sandown allows students who enjoyed, for example ‘hazards’ in their GCSE course to really get to grips with this fascinating subject in Year 12. A range of assessment methods encourage the student to handle data and evidence, to use and produce maps, diagrams and illustrations and take full advantage of fieldwork opportunities. A2 UNITS: Unit 3: Contested Planet (Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity Under Threat, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap, The Technological Fix?) Assessment – 2 ½ hour exam based on pre-released resources and classroom learning, worth 30% Unit 4: Geographical Research (Topics related to human and physical geography) Assessment – 1 ½ hour exam completing an essay style question, worth 20% EXTRA FEATURES: Both local and residential field work is available, in addition to support conferences run by outside agencies. Residential field work will cost in the region of £100.

Entry requirements

Relevant AS qualification

Future opportunities

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION: The range of skills that geographers acquire are much sought-after by employers. Geography students and graduates have access to a wide variety of careers. Some examples of these are: Environmental Management/Conservation, Finance, Marketing, Town Planning, GIS, and Cartography, Meteorology, Environmental Law and of course Teaching! SUGGESTED COMBINATIONS: Geography is a diverse subject that will mix with most subject choices. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Travel and Tourism or Health and Social Care, to prepare for higher education in areas of geography, humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go on to a job related to geography and work as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. The course also helps you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year