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Geography A Level at Settle College

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Course Description (AS)
The AS course focuses on contemporary issues within Geography. Two core units of Global Population Change and Rivers and Floods and their Management are taught alongside two other units of Health Issues and Coasts. A geographical skills paper tests data handling and field work techniques. Students are encouraged to carry out their own reading and research to build knowledge and skills. Fieldwork is an essential part of the course as a means of learning data collection techniques, data handling, presentation and applying theory

Course Description (A2)
The A2 course builds on the topics and skills learnt at AS. In A2, students will study geographical themes from Human and Physical Geography. These could include Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards, World Cities, Weather and Climate. In A2 Geography, students are no longer required to produce lengthy pieces of coursework. Students are now examined on fieldwork techniques or have the opportunity to research a specific issue to discuss in exam conditions.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include: GCSE Geography: Grade C or above on the higher tier paper OR GCSE Grade B or above in English, Maths and Science


Unit 1 Physical and Human Paper: 2 hour examination
Unit 2 Geographical Skills Paper: 1 hour examination

Unit 3 Contemporary Geographical Issues: 2.5 hour examination
Unit 4A Geographical Fieldwork Investigation: 1.5 hour examination
Unit 4B Geographical Issues Evaluation: 1.5 hour examination

Future opportunities

Geography offers routes into both BSc and BA courses in Higher Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Settle College directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2015

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