The Edexcel AS and A2 level in Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). It actively engages students, challenges their views of the world and encourages them to explore key local and global issues. It is an issues based qualification and it offers an enquiry based approach that encourages students to research and ask searching questions.
Course Content and Assessment
The AS qualification is varied and engaging. It will have 2 equally
weighted examinations both lasting 1 hour 30 mins; these will be
taken at the end of Year 12. The examinations will have a combination
of shorter and longer answer questions. Topics covered at AS include:
• Tectonic hazards
• Disaster management
• Climate change
• Urban and rural regeneration
The A2 qualification covers a range of fascinating topics. It is assessed
via three written examinations taken at the end of Year 13; these
examinations will have a combination of short and long answer
questions. The examinations and their relevant content are:
Paper 1: Tectonic hazards, landscape processes and change, water
resources, energy security and climate change.
Paper 2: Globalisation, changing places, superpowers and international
relations, the development gap.
Paper 3: This is a synoptic paper and will test student's ability to link
geographical ideas and concepts.
At A2 Level students are required to produce an individual piece
of coursework on a geographical issue or topic of their choice. The
coursework is 20% of the final qualification and allows students to
work independently on an area of Geography that interests them.
They will be offered support and guidance on choice of topics as well
as the written structure of the coursework from their teacher.
Fieldwork is a compulsory part of both AS and A2 courses. We offer
a range of compulsory fieldtrips and have previously visited Lyme
Regis, Weymouth, Lulworth Cove and Bristol. Students will undertake
2 fieldtrips at AS Level and 4 at A2 Level. We also offer optional
overseas residential trips and have previously visited Iceland and Sicily.
Our fieldwork programme changes year to year but is always relevant,
interesting and exciting.
Extending Your Experience
Fieldwork plays a vital role in developing
young geographers and there will be
opportunities to learn vital skills and
techniques on a variety of field trips in the
local area and beyond. You will also be able
to join H.E.A.T, the school's campaigning and
fundraising group that highlights sustainability
and development issues at a variety of scales.
It is expected that students will have achieved a B
grade in Geography at GCSE level. However
in exceptional circumstances other grades may be
Where will this Course take me?
If you have enjoyed your Geography AS and A2
level, the next logical step is to consider taking a
Geography related degree course at university; there
a wide range of such degrees available.
Beyond university the potential areas of employment
are many and varied. Here are just a few
possibilities: diplomat, teacher, lawyer, town planner,
market researcher, housing officer, estate agent,
GIS specialist, chartered surveyor, crime analyst,
cartographer, transport manager, location analyst,
retailer, regional development officer, travel agent,
forest ranger, environmental consultant, weather
presenter, flood protection officer, disaster manager,
hydrologist, geologist, civil engineer, aid worker,
accountant, marketing manager, social worker. Also
Geography is an excellent second subject which
compliments a huge range of other subject and