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Geography AS/A Level at Kennet School

Course description

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geographers are also highly employable. Whatever your passion for the world, geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.

Course content

Through a range of exciting topics, students will understand the nature of physical and human geography whilst unpicking the debates surrounding contemporary challenges facing the world today. There are four key units of study: 1. Physical Systems 2. Human Interactions 3. Geographical Debates 4. Investigative Geography.

Entry requirements

Grade B in Geography and English and at least a grade C in Maths.


Assessment at AS level consists of two end of course examinations which will take place in May of Year 12: • Component 1: Landscape and Place – a 1 hour 45 minute paper accounting for 55% of the final grade. • Component 2: Geographical Debates - a 1 hour 30 minute paper accounting for 45% of the final grade. Geographical skills (including fieldwork) are examined as part of both examinations. Assessment at A level consists of three end of course examinations taken at the end of Year 13 and one piece of coursework based on independent geographical investigation: • Component 1: Physical Systems - a 1 hour 30 minute paper accounting for 22% of the final grade. • Component 2: Human Interactions - a 1 hour 30 minute paper accounting for 22% of the final grade. • Component 3: Geographical Debates - a 2 hour 30 minute paper accounting for 36% of the final grade. • Component 4: Investigative Geography – an independent geographical investigation accounting for 20% of the final grade.

Future opportunities

Geography is an excellent subject to study at university. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment. Geography is also a broad based academic subject which is well respected by employers. Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas and put simply there is no such thing as a geography job, there are jobs that geographers do. Studying geography provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

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