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Geography OCR AS Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Geography is a subject for our times. It is inherently multidisciplinary in a world that increasingly values people who have the skills needed to work across the physical and social sciences. Geographers get to learn data analysis, they learn geographic information systems. They can turn maps from a two-dimensional representation of a country's physical contours into a tool that illustrates social attributes or attitudes: not just where people live, but how, what they think and how they vote. They learn about the physics of climate change, or the interaction of weather events and flood risk, or the way people's behaviour is influenced by the space around them.

All these are not just intrinsically interesting and valuable. They also encourage ways of seeing and thinking that make geographers eminently employable, which is why, according to the latest information from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, only 5.8% of geography graduates were still job-hunting six months after they graduated, against an average of 7.3%.

Qualities Required:.

  • Students should have an interest in current affairs and the world around them.
  • Students must be able to work independently. 



Course content

AS Level Geography specification provides a dynamic, contemporary and exciting opportunity for students to engage with the world around them. Our specifications inspire a love of geography for lifelong learning, drawing on issues that are relevant to a student's own learning of the subject in a variety of contexts. Our AS Level Geography specifications have been designed to strengthen geographical and fieldwork skills gained at GCSE and delve more deeply into content.

  • Glaciated Landscapes:
  • Factors affecting landscapes.
  • Landform development.
  • Influence of climate change.
  • Impact of human activity.
  • Changing Spaces making Places
  • Two contrasting places at a local scale.
  • How place is understood and represented.
  • Economic change and social inequality, with players involved.
  • Place making processes in creating places.
  • Exploring Oceans

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry requiements:

GCSE graded A* - B in Geography.


AS Units

Component 1 

Landscape and Place

  • Section A: Glaciated Landscapes
  • Section B: Changing space; Making places
  • Section C: Fieldwork
  • (1 hr 45 mins)
  • 55% of AS Level Marks

Component 2

Geographical Debates

  • Exploring Oceans
  •  (1 hr 30 mins)
  • 45% of AS Level Marks

(Question paper covers 2 content area. Style of question in examinations: Short answer, medium tariff & extended response questions)

Future opportunities

Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. The Russell Group report published in 2011 names geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.