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AS/A2 Geography at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

Students follow the AQA specification. Geography gets to grips with some of the biggest issues in the world today. It explores the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time and their relationship with their physical environment at a variety of scales.  

Topics include: Rivers, Floods and Management; Arctic and Alpine Environments, Plate Tectonics; Ecosystems; Population Change; World Cities; Development and Globalisation; Energy Issues; Food Supply and Health Issues.

How will I be assessed ?

AS assessment is through 2 exams with structured short and extended questions. 70% Physical & Human Geography, 30% Geographical Skills. A2 – 60% Contemporary Geographical Issues.

Structured short and extended questions plus an essay. 40% Geographical Issue Evaluation which is an open-book exam based on pre-released resources.

Who should do this course ?

Anyone who has an interest in the changing world in which we live.

Geography bridges the sciences and the humanities and as such is an ideal accompaniment to any subject combination.

The course gives good opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Students should be analytical in their thinking and eager to express their opinions.

What equipment will I need ?

You will need standard classroom stationery.

How is the course delivered ?

The course is taught through a variety of techniques

. In 2011 it was rated as the best overall in terms of quality of teaching by sixth-form students. Lessons are made engaging through the use of games, different presentation methods and higher level thinking skills.

Real world case studies are used with regularity.

Students are encouraged to problem solve, make decisions, collect and analyse data, and write with detail and precision.

What next ?

Statistics show that, compared with other subjects, geographers are among the most employable.

The Russell Group of Universities include it as one of their ‘facilitating subjects’, i.e. one that improves your likelihood of getting on a respected degree course.

If your career path is to be varied you will need to develop transferable skills and you will need to be flexible.

Geography fosters these qualities and provides a firm base for life-long learning. Employers want people with good communication skills, who can work as a team, who can analyse their work.

They want people who are numerate and computer literate. Employers want people who are spatially aware, socially aware and, increasingly, people who are environmentally aware.

Geography offers all this and more. Common career paths include: leisure and tourism, environmental conservation, town planning, local government, or meteorology to name but a few.

More commonly however, geographers are using their skills in fields like finance and marketing.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to do A Level Geography should have five GCSE A* – C grades including English and Maths. A higher level pass in an essay-based subject would be an advantage.

Geography GCSE is desirable, but not essential, if candidates are quick learners and prepared to do some additional background reading to support their learning.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 years