Geography AS and A2

Start (w/c): 05/09/2022 Full Time - To be arranged Nantgarw

Course Information

The AS and A-Level Geography course content focuses on the dynamic nature of physical systems and processes in the real world, and on the interactions and connectivity between people, places and environments in both time and space.

The core themes are divided into two separate physical and human themes. The non-core content draws on both physical and human geography and also people-environment interactions. All themes integrate geographical skills, scale and specialised concepts. Fieldwork outside of the classroom is an important element of the course at both AS and A-Level.

What Will I Learn?

The AS course is examined via the Unit 1 and Unit 2 exams. Unit 1 studies ‘Changing physical landscapes’ via the topics of Coasts and Tectonics.

Unit 2 studies ‘Changing places’ via the topics of Population and Settlement. Fieldwork will also be examined in this second unit.

The A-Level course is examined via the Unit 3 and Unit 4 exams plus an independent fieldwork study (Unit 5) which is non-examined. Unit 3 studies ‘Global systems and global governance’ via the topics of ‘Water and carbon cycles’, ‘Oceans’, ‘Population migration’ and ‘21st Century challenges.

Unit 4 studies ‘Contemporary themes’ via the topics of ‘Tectonic hazards’ and ‘Economic challenges in India’

Entry Requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at Grades A*- C including Geography at Higher Level, English/Welsh Language and Maths.

You will be invited to attend an interview, and will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy, to establish any support required.


You will be assessed by 80% examination (via Units 1-4) and 20% independent fieldwork study (Unit 5).


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Career Progression

  • On successful completion of this course many learners apply to and are offered places at university to study a variety of subjects which have been introduced at A Level, in more depth at degree level. Geography develops a particularly wide range of skills relevant to employment such as decision making, problem solving, working with others, handling data and report writing.


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