GEOGRAPHY A LEVEL
“There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography”
– Royal Geographic Society.
With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration and disaster relief, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geographers are also highly employable and studying Geography can lead to specific careers such as becoming a volcanologist, GIS analyst and disaster management specialist, as well as being a good academic subject to prepare you for university or the world of work. Whatever your passion for the world, fascination with landscapes or concerns about social inequalities Geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills. It will help you to build your teamwork skills, your research and fieldwork skills, as well as support you in using a range of ICT and specialist fieldwork equipment.
The course at ASA is broad and wide ranging, covering aspects of human, physical and environmental geographies. There is a one year AS course that includes four sections of work; Coastal Systems and Landscapes, Hazards, Changing Places, as well as a two day fieldwork investigation to prepare you for the A Level course as well as develop skills for the exams. The two year A Level course requires the successful completion of the AS sections of work, together with; Water and Carbon Cycles, Global Systems and Global Governance as well as Contemporary Urban Environments. For A Level each student completes an individual investigation of 3,000–4,000 words which must include data collected in the field.
At AS there are two written exams, both of equal weighting and each lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. There will be at least two days of fieldwork and these skills will be assessed within an exam meaning there is no coursework.
At A2 there are two written exams worth 40% each, with one human and one physical paper. There will be at least four days of fieldwork and there is an independent piece of coursework based on this fieldwork, worth 20% of your A-Level.
• Highly preferable to have studied at GCSE level and to have achieved a grade C or above, preferably on the Higher paper.
• A grade 5 or above in GCSE English and Maths.
• Preferably a grade C or above in GCSE Science or a Distinction in BTEC.