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Geography A Level at Amersham School

Course description

There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and globalisation Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Issues at the heart of world politics - Trump (globalisation), Brexit (Migration), the pressure of a world population of 7 billion and climbing; where will they live? What will they eat? Do we have enough water? Energy?

Whatever your passion for the world - fascination with natural hazards or concerns about inequality - Geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.

Course content

Physical Geography
Topics covered in this section include:
- Water and Carbon Cycles
- Coastal Systems and Landscapes
- Hazards

Human Geography
Topics covered in this section include:
- Global Systems and Global Governance
- Changing Places
- Population and the Environment

Geography Fieldwork Investigation
Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be 3,000 - 4,000 words long. There is a compulsorily four-day field trip which usually takes places towards the end of the first year of study.

Entry requirements

8 GCSE Grades A*- C or point equivalent


Exam 1: Physical Geography
2 hours 30 minutes 40%
Section A - Water and Carbon Cycles
Section B - Coastal Systems and Landscapes
Section C - Natural Hazards
Multiple choices, short and long answer questions

Exam 2: Human Geography
2 hours and 30 minutes 40%
Section A- Global Systems and Governance
Section B- Changing Places
Section C- Population and the Environment
Multiple choice, short and long answer questions

Fieldwork Investigation 3,000-4,000 words 20% Based on four-day residential trip

Future opportunities

Whatever your vision, an A Level in Geography is a valuable first step in achieving your ambition. Geography is traditionally a strong subject for entry to university or a higher education establishment. Geography is unique in that it can be pursued as either an ‘art’ (BA) or a ‘science’ (BSc). A broad based subject valued by employers Geography graduates have one of the highest rates for employment.

- Surveying, planning and engineering
- Resource and Human Management
- Tourism
- Conservation
- Business, Management
- Education

Whatever you do, your Geography A Level will always stand strong on its own or with the skills and knowledge gained.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Amersham School directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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