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Geography AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

Geography is a subject which addresses global questions such as how you are affected by and how do you impact on levels of development in Sub-Saharan Africa? It will allow you to explore familiar areas in more depth and in a more analytical way, discover new topics and improve your understanding of the fragile relationship between people and the planet. It is not essential to have studied it at GCSE. You will find a friendly, hard-working atmosphere in class and teachers who are enthusiastic about their subject.

Course content

Students need an interest in all geographical issues, both the human and the physical. Glaciated landscapes, changing places, water and carbon cycles and global governance are covered and lead on to tectonic hazards, development in an African context and weather and climate. Naturally you will sharpen your skills of map reading, graphical and statistical interpretation and fieldwork planning and there is an opportunity to visit Iceland.

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language


Examing Board: Eduquas

The subject will be linear from September 2016. Your A Level will have four components - three exams and a piece of coursework.

  • Component 1: 30% of A Level. Written exam. 2 hours 15 minutes. Glaciated landscapes and changing places.
  • Component 2: 30% of A Level. Written exam. 2 hours 15 minutes. Global systems (water and carbon cycles) and global governance (migration and global governance of oceans).
  • Component 3: 20% of A Level. Written exam. 2 hours. Tectonic hazards, weather and climate and development in Africa.
  • Component 4: Independent investigation. 3000 - 4000 words. 20% of A Level.

Financial information

Trip to Iceland

Future opportunities

Geography provides you with transferable knowledge and skills to progress to HE and a range of employment opportunities.

You can progress to university to study subjects such as Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Oceanography, Development and Teaching. Potential jobs include the Environment Agency, local and national government and renewable energy companies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Huish College directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.