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St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch


Examination Board: CCEA 

Specification: AS & A LEVEL Geography

Why study Geography?

This qualification is for students who are interested in the world around them.

There are topics to suit and interest everybody. A Level Geography is highly valued by employers and Higher Education Institutes because students acquire a wide range of skills, in report writing, investigation, in the analysis and interpretation of data and in justifying decisions. It is also considered an additional science subject.

What will I learn about?

How people are affected by natural phenomena such as rivers, ecosystems, weather and natural hazards. How human activity has shaped the world through the study of population, migration, settlement and development studies. Students will have the opportunity to carry out their own fieldwork investigation and to develop key geographical and statistical skills.

How is it taught?

The course allows students to develop their prior subject knowledge, understanding and skills through studying key themes of physical and human Geography. Students will participate in fieldwork opportunities and develop higher order thinking skills, independent learning, creative thinking and problem-solving which are valued in the workplace.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed through external written assessment. There will be 3 compulsory exams at AS Level, followed by 3 compulsory exams at A2 Level. Topics and the % weightings are as follows:

AS 1 Physical Geography (16%)

AS 2 Human Geography (16%)

AS 3: Fieldwork Skills and Techniques in Geography (8%)

A2 1: Physical Processes, Landforms and Management (24%)

A2 2: Processes and Issues in Human Geography (24%)

A2 3: Decision Making in Geography (12%)

Pathways to future careers/courses Geography offers students the opportunity to move into a wide variety of careers. It is an important access subject to Arts, Business, and Social Science courses at university. Careers include teaching, planning, surveying, environmental management and cartography which use Geography directly. Many geographers pursue careers in tourism, agriculture, business, politics, architecture and public relations.

Entry requirements

5 A*- C

GCSE Geography Grade B