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A Level Geography at The Thetford Academy

Course description

GENERAL AIMS: The course is designed to address

key ideas and debates in our world today, such as

climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration

and management of the world’s resources. Students

will explore a range of issues and examine potential

solutions. This aims to engage students to renew

interest in geography through class and field work,

offering a greater understanding of our planet.


AS Unit 1: Global Challenges

This unit focuses on the meaning, causes, impacts and

management of global challenges and how we can

influence global challenges through our own lives. There

are two compulsory topics: World at Risk and Going Global.

AS Unit 2: Geographical Investigations

This unit focuses on fieldwork and related

research. Geographical investigation is an

important part of the GCE specification.

A2 Unit 3: Contested Planet

The unit comprises six compulsory topics: Energy

Security, Superpower Geographies, Water conflicts,

Bridging the development gap, Biodiversity

under threat and The technological fix.

A2 Unit 4: Geographical Research

Research skills and fieldwork are the key feature

of this A2 unit. Students choose one topic to

study from the six offered in this unit.

NATURE OF STUDY: Students are required to develop

fieldwork and research skills, case study knowledge,

and show a good understanding of current affairs and

‘geography in the news’ through background reading.

This will allow students to apply their learning to current

examples at a variety of scales from local to global. Unit 4 is

a student led project that requires independent research.

Entry requirements

Sixth Form Entry

Year 12

A Levels

5 A*-C at GCSE, including a C in English + Mathematics,

with a B grade in the chosen subject areas for A Level.

BTEC Level 3

4 A*-C, preferably including a C in English + Mathematics.

BTEC Level 2

2 D grades.

Year 13

Each student’s work is reviewed at the end of

Year 12 and progress into Year 13 is dependent on

satisfactory performance in the examinations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 July 2014

Key information

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