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Geography A/S at University Academy Keighley

Course description

Geography is an exciting and popular subject at A Level. It has had excellent results throughout the history of the ASF and many students have gone on to study Geography at a higher level. It is taught jointly by staff at Holy Family and Greenhead at AS and A2 level.

Course content

The Geography course allows students to study a mix of topics, including contemporary subjects such as Hazard Management and Development Issues; through to the more traditional Geography topics, such as Rivers and flood management and Plate Tectonics.

Geography at AS develops a range of geographical and non vocational skills within the students who study it. Students are able to develop their understanding of the physical and human world through fieldwork based activities. They will also be given the opportunity to develop decision making, by looking at complex 'real life' issues in the world today. Students will also develop their analytical and interpretative skills throughout the course. There are a number of opportunities to undertake fieldwork throughout the AS course, including a study of sand dunes at Ainsdale and settlement hierarchies in the Yorkshire Dales. Towards the end of the AS year, students are invited to join the annual fieldtrip toIceland, which allows them to live and breathe Geography in theLandofFireand Ice for a week. The majority of students who undertake the Geography AS course continue on into A2 and it is a subject accepted as an appropriate A' level for the majority of degree courses.

Entry requirements

Students wanting to study Geography at AS level should have at least a grade C in GCSE Geography, English Language and Maths. For students who have not undertaken GCSE Geography, they must discuss entrance with the subject co-ordinator.


Year One - AS Unit 1Physical and Human Geography:The study of core geographical concepts along with contrasting themes of contemporary environmental impact, management and sustainability. The core section of the unit must be studied and includes: Rivers and Flood Management; plus Population Change. One option is then chosen for physical and human geography. These include: Cold environments, Coastal environments, Energy issues and Health issues.The exam will be based around structured short and extended questions.70% of AS35% of total A2 level Unit 2A geographical skills paper, which is based on the content of Unit 1. Will test skills that good geographers should have, including designing a fieldwork investigation, presentation and sampling techniques plus analytical techniques.The exam will be base

Future opportunities

Geography is an important subject if wanting to follow a career in many different areas. The route way can by either via sciences and studying more physical geography topics, or through the humanities, when linked with English and other humanities based subjects. In previous years, students who have studied Geography have gone on to study degrees in Geography, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Earth Sciences, English, Politics & Economics, Urban Planning and Architecture.

Further information

Throughout the course, there will be a number of opportunities to undertake field work activities, including an overseas trip toIceland.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year