When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices. You will have an opportunity to discuss your subject choice during interview.

Is this course right for me?

An AS/A level in Geography encourages learners to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. In turn, this will enable learners to develop a critical understanding of the world’s people, places and environments in the 21st Century. Learners should be able to develop both knowledge and understanding of contemporary geographical concepts together with transferable skills that will enable them to progress to higher education and a range of employment opportunities.

The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects, or possible with vocational Level 3 qualifications.

The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include the following: English or Welsh (1st language) (Grade B preferred), GCSE in a Humanities-related subject  (Grade B)
  • Attendance at an interview
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications

Delivery:

The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Classroom learning
  • Group discussions
  • Source materials and case studies
  • Fieldwork investigation or fieldwork theory. 

Assessment:

The course is assessed in the first year for the AS Level and in the second year for the A Level. 

  • AS: 2 external examinations at the end of the 1st year (worth 40% of the total A Level); and
  • A2: two external exams at the end of the 2nd year (worth 60% of the total A Level).

Progression:

Whether you gain the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions. This includes degrees in Geography and related subjects, as well as many other options.

Geography is recognised as a preferred subject, or a facilitating subject, by the Russell Group of universities. Therefore, the course is good preparation for a range of undergraduate courses, whilst the skills acquired can also benefit students seeking employment. The course provides numerous opportunities for you to develop and apply key skills, as well as developing your attitudes, perceptions and values in a subject with high relevance to everyday life.

A new specification of Geography (WJEC, September 2016) offers opportunities to study a wide variety of physical and human subjects. It focuses on the dynamic nature of systems and physical processes in the real world, and on the interactions and connectivity between people, places and environments in terms of time and space.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Dolgellau

    The new WJEC Geography specification begins in September 2016 and provides the opportunity to study a broad range of physical and human topics. It 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 AS specification consists of two units which are examined externally:

    AS Unit 1: Changing Landscapes

    • Section A: Changing Coastal Landscapes
    • Section B: Tectonic Hazards

    AS Unit 2: Changing Places

    • Section A: Changing Places – settlement and population topics
    • Section B: Fieldwork Investigation – data response on fieldwork and the learner's own fieldwork investigation.

    The A2 specification consists of two units which are examined externally, and an individual investigation which is assessed internally. The A2 specification includes:

     A2 Unit 3: Global Systems and Global Governance

    • Section A: Global Systems Water and Carbon
    • Section B: Global Governance: Change and Challenges Processes and patterns of global migration and global governance of the Earth's oceans
    • Section C: 21st Century Challenges Units 

    A2 Unit 4: Contemporary Themes in Geography

    • Section A: Tectonic Hazards
    • Section B: Contemporary Themes in Geography; Ecosystems and Weather and Climate.

    A2 Unit 5: Independent Investigation Non-exam assessment (3000 – 4000 words)

  • Pwllheli

    The new WJEC Geography specification begins in September 2016 and provides the opportunity to study a broad range of physical and human topics. It 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 AS specification consists of two units which are examined externally:

    AS Unit 1: Changing Landscapes

    • Section A: Changing Coastal Landscapes
    • Section B: Tectonic Hazards

    AS Unit 2: Changing Places

    • Section A: Changing Places – settlement and population topics
    • Section B: Fieldwork Investigation – data response on fieldwork and the learner's own fieldwork investigation.

    The A2 specification consists of two units which are examined externally, and an individual investigation which is assessed internally. The A2 specification includes:

     A2 Unit 3: Global Systems and Global Governance

    • Section A: Global Systems Water and Carbon
    • Section B: Global Governance: Change and Challenges Processes and patterns of global migration and global governance of the Earth's oceans
    • Section C: 21st Century Challenges Units 

    A2 Unit 4: Contemporary Themes in Geography

    • Section A: Tectonic Hazards
    • Section B: Contemporary Themes in Geography; Ecosystems and Weather and Climate.

    A2 Unit 5: Independent Investigation Non-exam assessment (3000 – 4000 words)

  • Rhyl

    Unit information

    Year 1 (AS)

    The first year provides a balanced insight into contemporary geographical phenomena, covering core areas of human and physical geography. In each area you will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers and their relationship to the specific issues being studied. You will benefit from the study of case studies, helping you to develop a variety of geographical skills. Overall, the AS will broaden and deepen your existing knowledge, giving you a greater degree of independence.

    Unit 1: Physical andamp; Human Geography: This unit includes a variety of topics, including: rivers, floods and management; cold environments, coastal environments, hot desert environments, and their margins; global population change; food supply issues, energy issues, and health issues.

    Unit 2: Applied Geography: This will give you the skills to apply your knowledge in professional contexts. You will look at topics including: basic, investigative, ICT, graphical, cartographical, and statistical skills; research skills and the assessment of AS fieldwork.

    Year 2 (A2)

    At A2, you will continue to study a combination of human and physical geography. Some students will undertake investigative work in the field in order to produce a fieldwork investigation. Other students will choose to undertake an issue evaluation exercise. You can make this choice according to which specialist, professional skills you would like to gain.

    Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues: This unit works with an issues-based approach to contemporary geographical themes. You will study three topics (depending on the tutor's selection), with at least one from the physical options, and at least one from the human options.

    Physical geography topics:

    • Plate tectonics and associated hazards
    • Weather and climate and associated hazards
    • Ecosystems: change and challenge

    Human geography topics:

    • World cities
    • Development and globalisation
    • Contemporary conflicts and challenges

    Unit 4A: Geography Fieldwork Investigation: In this unit, you will complete a fieldwork investigation to develop your specialist understanding. You will be examined by answering questions based on your own investigation. Students will complete either 4A or 4B.

    Unit 4B: Geographical Issue Evaluation: This requires you to conduct your own issue evaluation, developing important professional skills. You will be examined by answering question based on an advance information leaflet issued by AQA. Students will complete either 4A or 4B.