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Geography AS/A2 at The Sele School

Course description

The specification has been designed to allow geographers the flexibility to build programmes that suit their own particular interests and needs using a range of approaches. Those geographers with interests in distinct physical, human and environmental approaches will be able to use this specification, as will those with more integrated specialisms. Fieldwork and research skills are a key feature of both the Advanced Subsidiary, Unit 2 and the A2, Unit 4. These units offer flexibility to centres with varying and diverse fieldwork resources and approaches but with a shared view that an element of out-of-classroom activity adds to the study of geography.

Some topics have been designed to attract students to geography as a subject that addresses key ideas and debates in our world today. For example, Unit 4’s ‘The Technological Fix’ topic looks at our increasing reliance on technology and how this is related to world development. Other well-trusted geographical topics such as migration (Unit 1’s ‘Going Global’) and tectonics (Unit 4’s ‘Tectonic Activity and Hazards’) have a place too.


Unit 1: Global Challenges - The meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges. How we can influence global challenges through our own lives. There are two compulsory topics that form this unit: World at Risk and Going Global.

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations - A closer look at how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed. Students choose two topics from the four offered in this unit; there must be one physical and one human topic


Unit 3: Contested Planet - The use and management of resources is a key issue for geography in today’s world. Consumption patterns highlight stark inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. Many resources are finite, and rising consumption means that difficult decisions over the use of resources will have to be taken more frequently. There are six compulsory topics:

  • Energy Security
  • Water Conflicts
  • Biodiversity Under Threat
  • Superpower Geographies
  • Bridging the Development Gap
  • The Technological Fix

Unit 4: Geographical Research - Options range from those with a strong physical geography focus, to those concerned more with environmental, social and cultural geographies. Students must select and study one of the following research options:

  • Tectonic Activity and Hazards
  • Cold Environments – Landscapes and Change
  • Life on the Margins – the Food Supply Problem
  • The World of Cultural Diversity
  • Pollution and Human Health at Risk
  • Consuming the Rural Landscape – Leisure and Tourism



Entry requirements

Entry into The Sele School Sixth Form is dependent on meeting a GCSE, OCRN or BTEC equivalent exam entry requirement of 5 A* – C grades, with a minimum of a C grade in the subjects that they wish to continue at AS level. Students who wish to study a subject which has not previously been studied will be admitted according to the 5 A* – C ruling. However, consultation will take place between the Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head (Curriculum) where a student has failed to meet the GCSE entry requirement but has shown a serious intention to continue their education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sele School directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2015
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Key information

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