AS/A level Geography

What is it?

Geography at AS/A level enables students to develop their thinking skills about a variety of contemporary issues. There will be natural progression from GCSE to A level,  ensuring that there is development of content.

Students will be given the opportunity to develop fieldwork skills as this is now a compulsory element of all A level Geography courses, and  also study geographical issues and impacts.

The geography curriculum is designed for students who want to keep up to date with current thinking and initiatives. It is designed to develop key skills of communication, and application of ICT systems and packages. In addition to giving students a global perspective about the world they live in students will gain confidence and key skills to become change agents in their respective careers. 

Geography is an excellent linking subject to many areas of the curriculum. It is seen by prospective employers and universities as an academic subject developing thinking skills to becoming effective decision makers. 

Who is it for?

Any student with an interest in local, national and global issues. Students who want to participate in field work to develop knowledge and understanding, and exceptional employability skills.

What skills will I learn?

Following AS/A level geography will provide you with a variety of key skills needed for future academic study or employment. For example you will develop analytical skills looking at statistics and communication skills through class and fieldwork activities. 

What shall I study?

AS level Subject content

Physical geography
  • Coastal systems and landscapes 
Human geography
  • Changing places 
People and the environment
  • Hazards
  • Contemporary urban environments 
Geography fieldwork investigation

A level subject content

Physical geography
  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Hot desert systems and landscapes
  • Glacial systems and landscapes Ecosystems under stress
Human geography
  • Global systems and global governance 
  • Changing places
  • Contemporary urban environments
  • Population and the environment
  • Resource security 
Geography fieldwork investigation

How shall I study?

A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed to develop all students to the best of their ability. For example, independent research and learning skills are encouraged to prepare students for university. 

Where might it lead me?

Students with AS or A level will have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn to use a variety of transferrable skills throughout the course. These include collecting, analysing, and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways, identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being great value. 

Who can I ask for more details?

Mrs R Perry (Head of Geography)

Mr D Virgo

Where can I find more information? level/geography-2030