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Geography at Bishop Justus Church of England School

Course description

Do you want to get to grips with real problems affecting the world today? Are you an explorer? Do you get filled with a sense of awe and wonder when standing at the top of a mountain, or when you watch an electrical storm? Are you fascinated by different cultures? Do you love learning out of doors? If you have answered 'yes' to any of these, then Geography A Level would make a good choice for you. The AS consists of 2 units. Unit 1 is 'Changing Physical Environments' in which you will investigate climatic, tectonic and hydrological hazards. You will learn to investigate the causes and consequences of these problems and make decisions on how best these can be managed. Unit 2 is 'Changing Human Environments' in which you will study demographic change and population policies in a variety of different countries. You will study the way places change over time and how people react to these changes. Fieldwork is a central part of all units of learning and will include both day and residential fieldwork. The A Level consists of a further 2 units. Unit 3 is 'Contemporary Themes and Research in Geography' in which you will study topics such as coastal landforms and management and development issues. You will need to keep your eyes on the news and start making links between such things as climate change, sea level rise and seaside homes without insurance or trade aid and development. Unit 4 is about Sustainability and investigates relevant and current geographical issues that affect people's everyday lives. We hope to enthuse you about ways we can make life more sustainable. We hope you will start to evaluate sustainable solutions to world problems like the latest population policy in China 'Love Girls'.

Entry requirements

Students will need to secure a B in GCSE English.


AS level is assessed with two examinations based on each unit. Questions are based on sources and are mostly short answers with opportunities for extended writing. A level requires the assessment of Units 3 and 4. As a part of Unit 3 you will have to complete an independent research enquiry based upon a wide choice of topics. This will give you a fantastic opportunity to investigate your own strength and interests. Unit 4 is called 'Sustainability' which is a problem solving and decision making paper based upon pre-released sources.

Future opportunities

Students taking Geography A Level will be able to go onto university to study further many related topics as well as taking vocational routes into the world of work in areas such as leisure and tourism, environmental management, conservation, town planning, geographical information systems such as satellite navigation and business management. You will have developed excellent decision making skills, problem solving capabilities and a good use of ICT to enhance your career whether in further education or the world of work.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Justus Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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