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Geography - A Level (Ocr) at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus:

“Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose.” Michael Palin

Geography is the study of the world around us, the issues we can see within it, and the interaction between people and the physical landscape. It is a multifaceted discipline that forces us to think about the world and our place in it. It is important to recognise that it also refines and hones the essential team work and problem solving skills that are much desired by universities and in the workplace.

Geography at The Cotswold School is a dynamic course delivered with enthusiasm. Both the Physical and Human elements of Geography are explored in equal measure at AS Level while, at A2, global issues are considered in increasing depth. Students sit the F764 paper which tests their investigative, synoptic, research and analysis skills and develops independence in learning.

Fieldwork is an essential element of Geography. A residential trip and a number of day trips out give students the opportunity to see Geography in action, enrich the learning experience and enhance understanding of the material that is covered.

As a department, we have a long history of sending students on to study Geography at Russell Group universities. These top institutions recognise the subject’s academic rigour along with the valuable skills that it develops.

Course content

AS units in Year 12

Unit 1 F761 The Physical Environment 

River and Coastal Environments

Cold Environments

Exam 1 hour 30mins - 50% AS Level 25% of A2 Level

Unit 2 F762 The Human Environment

Managing urban and rural change

The energy issue

Exam 1 hour 30mins  50% AS Level 25% of A2 Level

A2 units in Year 13

Unit 3 F763 Global Issues

Ecosystems and environments under threat

Earth Hazards • Population and Resources

Development and Inequalities

Exam 2 hours 30mins  30% of A Level

Unit 4 F764 Geographical Skills

Identifying a suitable geographical question or hypothesis for investigation

Developing a plan and strategy for conducting the investigation

Collecting and recording appropriate data

Representing the data collected in appropriate forms

Analysing and interpreting the data

Exam 1 hour 30mins  20% of A Level

Entry requirements

A*-B in GCSE Geography . Students who have not taken GCSE Geography may be considered if they have achieved A*-B in English Language and can demonstrate a strong interest in Geography.


Entry criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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    • Students benefit from all the new facilities that have been built over the last 4 years: the Sports Hall, the new English and Maths Blocks, refurbished Science labs, to name a few.  Furthermore, we have our own state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre which provides a superb study room with networked PCs and a popular Common Room – a hive of student activity.