Key Details

  • Available at
    Dolgellau, Pwllheli, Rhyl, Rhos-on-Sea
  • Level
  • Study Mode
  • Programme Area
    International, AS/A-Level
  • Course Length

    1-2 years

  • Course Type
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Bilingual

    This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

    • Dolgellau
    • Pwllheli

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

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.

The new WJEC Geography specification 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)

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, you will need the following:

  • 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language
  • GCSE grade B in a Humanities or GCSE English or Welsh 1st Language grade B. GCSE Mathematics / Numeracy grade C. GCSE Geography not an essential prerequisite

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.

Progression to A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

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


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).


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.

Would you like to apply for this course?