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A Level Geography at Chiltern Hills Academy

Course description

If you have an interest in the world (Planet Earth) then Geography could be the subject for you! Geography studies the world and its people, looking at how the physical and human worlds interact. Geography is evident in our daily lives, newspaper articles and news reports; everyday informing us what is happening in all areas of the world. People make choices and decisions based upon these events. As a geographer, you will study how you fit into this bigger picture and can make changes to the world’s future. As Michael Palin famously said, ‘Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future’.

All candidates will study core human and physical geography. In each area of study candidates will consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning through the study of specific case studies. Candidates will also develop a variety of geographical skills, which broaden and deepen existing knowledge and can be employed with a greater degree of independence.

Year 1 AS Level

  • Physical and human geography

    Rivers, floods and management and at least one from cold environments, hot environments and coastal environments

    Population change and at least one from food supply issues, energy issues and health issues.

  • Geographical skills

    Basic investigative, ICT, graphical, cartographical and statistical skills.

    Research skills and fieldwork.

    Year 2 A2 Level

  • Contemporary geographical issues

    Choose two physical options from plate tectonics, weather and climate and challenges facing ecosystems.

    Choose two human options from world cities, development and globalisation and contemporary conflicts and challenges.

  • Geography fieldwork investigation

    Structured short and extended questions based on candidates’ own fieldwork investigation.

  • Entry requirements

    It is strongly recommended that you should have studied Geography at GCSE and attained a C grade or higher. It may however, be possible for new students to the subject to study this course following a personal interview. The AS and A2 courses will revisit and develop upon some units taught at KS3 and KS4 but will also include some new units. Those students who have studied GCSE Geography will discover that the material and skills they have learnt will prove a valuable foundation for further studies at this level.

    How to apply

    If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chiltern Hills Academy directly.

    Last updated date: 27 August 2014

    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years