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Geography A Level at St Vincent College

Course description




The course focuses on geographical issues and their evaluation. Content includes physical geography issues such as the water and carbon cycles, natural hazards and hot desert environments. Human geography issues will cover global governance, place studies and population change. Throughout the course students will be asked to develop a range of skills including those in fieldwork, statistics, ICT and cartography. They will also have ample opportunity to discuss their own attitudes to contemporary issues of concern. Please note that AS and A-level Geography are now run as separate courses: the AS year is a standalone qualification, which will not count towards the longer A-level.




Course content

AS Level

Component1 – Physical geography and people and the environment:

• Section A: Hot desert environments and their margins
• Section B: Natural hazards

Component 2 – Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation

• Section A: Changing Places
• Section B: Fieldwork investigation and geographical skills

A Level

Component 1 – Physical geography

• Section A: Water and carbon cycles
• Section B: Hot desert environments and their margins
• Section C: Natural Hazards

Component 2 – Human geography

• Section A: Global systems and global governance
• Section B: Changing Places
• Section C: Population and the environment

Component 3 – Geographical investigation

• Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. It can relate to any part of the specification.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A* – C, including English Language and Maths


AS: 100% examinations
A-Level: 80% examinations; 20% coursework

Financial information

• Duke of Edinburgh Award (silver & gold)
• Local field trips; environmental projects

Future opportunities

• Higher Education for degree courses in geography, related subjects, or many other courses
• Career opportunities for geographers in commerce, leisure/tourism, industry, planning, Civil Service, retailing, local government

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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