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Geography AS/ A2 at Dixons City Academy

Course description

The content recognises the need to engage with students and challenge them.  Geography is issues and enquiry-based and expects students to research and question.  It is current and ‘real’; Fieldwork is integral, as are skills needed in higher education

Course content

Year 12 AS Outline


Unit 1 Global ChallengesThe meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges e.g. global natural hazards, climate change, economic change and migration.  How we can influence global challenges through our own lives. 

Unit 2 Geographical Investigations – A closer look at how physical issues, e.g. crowded coasts, and human issues e.g. re-branding places, influence lives and can be managed.


Year 13 A2 Outline

Unit 3 Contested Planet – Students investigate the distribution of resources, and the physical factors that result in this distribution.  They should also consider how humans utilise these resources, and the problems of providing resources to people as well as an awareness of the costs of doing so.

Unit 4 Geographical Research – Students must select and study one research option from a list that reflects their geographical interests.  Options range from those with a strong physical geography focus e.g. Tectonics, to those concerned with environmental, social and cultural geographies e.g. the world of cultural diversity.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, usually with a Grade B in Geography.


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Future opportunities

Students with AS or Advanced GCE Geography have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities.  You will learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course.  These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being of great value.  The qualification can also lead to further training in such areas as law, teaching, accountancy, town planning and journalism.  

Further information

Why choose Geography?

  • Geography is highly valued for its combination of subject knowledge, linking science with the arts and training in key skills, both graphic and written.
  • Geography is a very special subject because it offers a unique combination of skills.  Any trained geographer is expected to be able to interpret photographs, maps, graphs and tables. He/She can evaluate arguments, problem solve and make decisions.
  • In a world made increasingly smaller by developments in global communications and technology Geography takes on ever more importance in schools, colleges, universities, government, industry, and communications.
  • Employers rarely need specialists.  They need bright, committed, inquisitive and determined individuals with the ability to draw on what is happening around them.  As a qualification Geography is greatly respected by universities and employees alike.



  • The specification is exciting and current.
  • The content recognises the need to engage with students and challenge them.
  • The topics covered are current and ‘real’, but set in historical and theoretical contexts.
  • Fieldwork is integral to the course, and the acquired skills are needed in higher education. 
  • We run residential and day visits, in the UK and abroad.  For details on costs associated with these please speak to the Geography team.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dixons City Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years