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AS Level : Geography

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code AS Geography
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant; it is one of the most valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world's current problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them: Global warming, sustainable food production, natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, the reasons for migration and the future of energy resources are just some of the great challenges facing the next generation of geographers.

The new AS and A2 Level specification offers a wider variety of fieldwork opportunities which will be completed as part of a range of residential experiences either in the UK or abroad.

So … choose Geography if you enjoy: 

  • Getting to know the world through fieldwork
  • Getting to know places and understanding other cultures
  • Developing your understanding of the impact of globalisation on our lives and how we can manage this sustainably
  • To develop a wide range of skills using computers and other technology; which employers and universities really value.   

theguardian Editorial ‘… They [teachers] encourage ways of seeing and thinking that make geographers eminently employable …


Unit 1 will cover:
  • Hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical storms.
  • Coastal environments and hot desert environments and their margins. 
  • Contemporary urban environments focusing on questions of opportunity, equity and sustainability.

Unit 2 will cover:
  • Global governance such as understanding the problems associated with globalisation.
  • Changing places: understanding changes happening locally and how this compares to other places in contrasting areas of the world.
  • Geographical fieldwork & skills.

How will it be delivered?

Unit 1 paper: 1 hr 30 mins (50% AS Level) 

Unit 2 paper: 1 hour 30 mins (50% AS Level)

Exam Board: AQA

Entry requirements

5 Grade 4’s and above to include a 4 in Geography

Your next steps...

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE, which could lead onto higher education to study geography, other areas of humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to geography such as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.


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