Geography - Key Stage 5

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

It is a requirement that you should have studied Geography at GCSE and gained at least a grade 6 in order to take an AS or A Level course. Some of the topics covered in the course are developments of work covered at GCSE, but others will be new.

What is really important in this subject is that you have an enquiring mind, an interest in the environment and current affairs, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. If you have studied Geography at GCSE you will find that the material and skills you have learned will prove a valuable foundation for further studies at this level.

What will I learn on this course?

  • What are the forces influencing our natural environment – the landscape, the plants and animals?
  • What are the issues affecting people and the places they live?
  • How are people affecting the environment we all live in? What are the challenges and constraints?
  • What are the economic forces that drive the world economy, and how they are changing?
  • What decisions are being made about the use and management of resources and who makes these decisions?
  • An appreciation of current events and world problems such as the effects of natural hazards
  • How to plan a fieldwork investigation – the collection of primary and secondary evidence and how to analyse it
  • You will develop the ability to make links and connections across a wide variety of topics

What is the content of the course?

This is a linear course. This means that although you will be sitting the AS examination at the end of Year 12 you will have to sit all the topics in the papers at the end of Year 13.

What skills will I learn during this course?

  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy
  • Information Technology
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with others
  • Improving own language and performance


You are required to complete four days fieldwork for this course. This will take the form of a residential trip. This will be in North Wales.

More details on this course can be found in our Sixth Form Course Guide.