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Geography A Level at Cotswold Edge Sixth Form

Course description

Geography is not only contemporary and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today! Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. So many of the world's current issues – at a global scale and locally boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them.

Course content

This course offers the opportunity to study a range of physical, human and environmental topics.

In Year 12 we will study the meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges including hazards and global warming. Geographical investigations will look at how physical and human issues influence our lives. The physical topic will be either extreme weather or crowded coasts. The human topics will be either unequal spaces or rebranding places.

In Year 13, contested planet will consist of six topics: energy scrutiny, water conflicts, superpower geographies, biodiversity under threat, bridging the development gap and the technological fix. Geographical research is a unit where you will be given the opportunity to work independently on a topic of your choice.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths.


AS level:

Unit title: Global challenges (60%) Assessment: Examination

Unit title: Geographical investigations (40%) Assessment: Examination

A2 level:

Unit title: Contested planet (60%) Assessment: Examination

Unit title: Geographical research Assessment: Examination

Future opportunities

Choosing geography at A-Level can open the doors to a university degree and is considered to be a leading ‘facilitating subject’ and is widely recognised for its academic ‘robustness.’ This subject can equally be valuable for the world of work. Geographers are widely considered to be one of the employable due to their skills in planning, research, report writing, working in a team, using new technologies and communication skills – and much more!

This will be an A-level to consider if you are looking at any career in the civil service, engineering, environmental work, social work, the police force, teaching or as an aid or development officer. Geography is a subject that links well with A level science subjects, particularly biology and chemistry, and it is a popular subject to take with History, Sociology, Business studies, English and Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cotswold Edge Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

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