Why Study Geography at A Level?
The AS course comprises 2 Units of Study. At the end of the year students will sit two exams.
Unit 1: Global Challenges
This unit covers two topics which equate to 60% of the overall mark.
- World at Risk
- Going Global
1 hr 30 Exam
Section A: Objective items, data response and short answer questions.
Section B: Choice of Going global or World at Risk longer guided essay questions.
Unit 2: Geographical Investigations
This unit covers two topics which equate to 40% of the overall mark.
- Extreme Weather
1 hr 15 Exam
Questions on both topics covered will require longer responses, each with three parts, designed to include data response, investigation and evaluation skills.
A2: Geography Overview
Unit 3: Contested Planet
Unit 3 covers six topics which equate to 60% of the overall mark.
- Energy Security
- Water conflicts
- Development Gap
- Technological Fix
2hr 30 Exam including a pre-released synoptic (4 weeks in advance).
Part 1 will cover 5 of the 6 topics.
Part 2 will cover 6th topic in a synoptic context.
Unit 4: Geographical Research
This unit covers 40% of the overall mark.
- Tectonic Hazards
- Cold Environments
- Food Supply
- Cultural Diversity
- Rural Landscapes
1hr 30 Exam including a pre-released "research focus" (4 weeks in advance). You will be asked to answer one questions on a chosen option.