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Geography AS/A-Level at Rickmansworth School

Course description

Geography is a popular subject and achievement in examinations is high. It provides a good progression from the topics studied at GCSE. The specification is issue and concept -based with fieldwork a key assessed element.

The course is centred on four components which are assessed each year by examinations in June. The examination consists of multiple choice data-response and essay-style questions. Students are required to make full use of fieldwork, computer time and their own research.

To allow pupils to engage in field work and see geographical phenomena first hand, there will be a one week field course to East Yorkshire and day trips to local sites including East London.

Course content

  • Physical Geography - People and the Environment
  • Human Geography - Geographical Fieldwork Investigation
  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Human or Physical Geography

Entry requirements

B Grade in Geography

or BB Grade in Science 

B in English (if Geography not studied previously)



COMPONENT 1 Written Paper 80 marks 50% of AS Level mark

COMPONENT 2 Written Paper 80 marks 50% of AS Level mark


COMPONENT 1 Written Paper 2.5 hrs 40% of A Level mark

COMPONENT 2 Written Paper 2.5 hrs 40% of A Level mark

COMPONENT 3 Geographical Investigation Extended Essay 3-4,000 words 20% of A Level mark

Future opportunities

Geography is one of the Russell Group ‘facilitating subjects’ which means it provides a good academic grounding favoured by many top universities. It can also easily adapt to science and arts based courses, whilst providing a good general education in its own right. Many of our students go on to study Geography or related disciplines at university. Related careers include Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Science and Town Planning as well as supporting broader professions such as Politics, Law, Economics and Teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

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