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Geography AS and A Level at Whitmore High School

Course description

You will enjoy Geography if you have an interest in and concern for the environment, current affairs and are interested in finding out about travel, new people, places, landscapes and events. If you enjoy studying subjects that are relevant to your own life and experiences and enjoy undertaking practical work as well as work in the classroom, this is a good choice of subject. It is very helpful to have GCSE Geography as we expect you to have a basic understanding of the key geographical principals

Course content

During Year 12 students will study tectonics, coasts, globalisation and regeneration.

The tectonics unit will look in depth at plate tectonics and the physical processes associated with volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, vulnerability to disasters and management of disasters.

In the coastal unit, the reasons for different coastlines, the influence of sea level change and the management of coasts, are investigated. In addition many transferable skills are included such as: statistical analysis, map skills and data collection.

The globalisation unit covers the meaning behind and causes of globalisation, the key players, influences on culture, closing the development gap as well as ethics and sustainability.

The regeneration unit looks at the need for and methods of regeneration in both rural and urban locations again this unit will focus on key geographical and fieldwork skills.

The units will be assessed through a human and physical exam paper. Both papers require fieldwork knowledge and skills, there are therefore two compulsory overnight trips. We travel to Dorset for our AS trip and then to Yorkshire for the A2 trip which takes place after the AS exams in Y12. 


AS - Exams 100%

A2 – Exams 80% Coursework 20%

You can see a more detailed breakdown of the assessments below:


Y12 - AS exams

Physical paper (tectonics and coasts)

1h 45    90 marks  worth 50%

Human paper (globalisation and regeneration)

1h 45    90 marks  worth 50%

These exams have short questions and essays up to 16 marks


Y12 - After AS exams

Coursework investigation (coasts or regeneration) 3000-4000 words

70 marks  20%

Y13 - A level exams Physical paper (tectonics, coasts, water and energy)

2h 15  105 marks  worth 30%

Human paper (globalisation, regeneration, superpowers and development)

2h 15  105 marks  worth 30%

These exams have short questions and essays up to 20 marks

Synoptic paper (players, attitudes and actions, futures and uncertainties)

2h 15   70 marks  20%   8, 18 and 24 mark Qs 

Future opportunities

Geography can be a good foundation for further study in the Humanities and Social Sciences and can lead to a wide variety of careers. Opportunities include working in international development (e.g. with international charities), environmental work, estate management, forestry, planning and economic development and teaching. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 December 2016

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