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A Level Geography at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

The study of Geography concerns not only the nature of the physical world but also the complex relationships between society and the environment and makes a valuable and unique contribution to the understanding of some of the most important contemporary global issues.

This AS/A level specification has been chosen to encourage students to develop their awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments. It should help them understand and interpret our changing world and to develop as global citizens who recognise the challenges of sustainability. It should also allow them to improve as critical and reflective learners aware of the importance of attitudes and values and to use and apply skills and new technologies both in and outside the classroom.

The scheme of assessment is in two parts: two units make up the AS assessment and a further two units make up the four units required for A2 assessment.


Unit 1 Changing Physical Environments Weighting - A Level 25% (AS- 50%) This unit provides a sound understanding of the physical and people/environment interactions through the investigation of climate change, fluvial and tectonic processes.

Unit 2 - Changing Human Environments Weighting - A Level 25% (AS- 50%) This unit focuses on the interaction between people and their physical and human environments through the investigation of contemporary population and settlement change.


Unit 3 - Contemporary Themes and Research in Geography Weighting. This unit allows students to choose from six optional themes:

One from Extreme environments (Desert and Tundra); Landforms and their management (Glacial or Coastal); Climatic hazards.
One from Development; Globalisation; Emerging Asia (either India or China). In addition students will choose one theme to investigate in depth. The topics include: The Geography of Crime; Geography of Disease; Environmental Psychology.

Unit 4 - Sustainability

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. The AQA GCSE course provides the necessary groundwork for AS and A level and for this reason a B grade or above in GCSE Geography is expected. Anyone wishing to take the subject who has not studied it at GCSE but who shows interest and commitment will be considered. Such students should have at least B grades in English Language, Maths and Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years