AS and A LEVEL, WJEC Exam Board
Location: Y Pant
Geography develops an intellectual, social, moral and aesthetic understanding of the world in which we live.
“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What can be more important than that?” Michael Palin.
“Geography is important because we are inextricably linked to the world we live in. We can only live on this planet with a knowledge of how it works and a commitment to respect it.” Anon
Requirements/Skills for entry to the Course
Normally a minimum of a C grade at G.C.S.E level
The AS course is made up of two units: Changing Landscapes and Changing Places. The A2 course is made up of two units: Global Systems and Governance and Contemporary Themes in Geography. Students are also required to undertake an individual investigation worth 20% of the qualification.
Unit 1: Changing Landscapes
Section A: Changing Landscapes
- Choice between two themes, either Coastal or Glaciated Landscapes; two compulsory structured questions with data response.
Section B: Tectonic Hazards
- Tectonic Hazards; three compulsory structured questions with data response.
Written examination 2 hours; 24% of qualification.
AS Unit 2: Changing Places
Section A: Changing Places
- Two compulsory structured questions with data response.
Section B: Fieldwork Investigation in Physical and Human Geography
- Three compulsory structured questions with data response on fieldwork and the learner’s own fieldwork investigation.
Written examination 1h30m; 16% of qualification.
A2 Unit 3: Global Systems and Global Governance
Section A: Global Systems
- Water and Carbon Cycles: two compulsory structured questions with data response and one extended response question.
Section B: Global Governance: Change and Challenges
- Processes and patterns of global migration and global governance of the Earth’s oceans: two compulsory structured questions with data response and one extended response question.
Section C: 21st Century Challenges
- One compulsory extended response question drawing on Units 1, 2 and 3 with resource material.
Written Examination: 2 hours; 24% of qualification
A2 Unit 4: Contemporary Themes in Geography
Section A: Tectonic Hazards
- One compulsory extended response question.
Section B: Contemporary Themes in Geography
- Two optional themes from:
- Economic Growth and Challenge: India or China or in an African Context
- Energy Challenges and Dilemmas
- Weather and Climate
- Two essay questions, one on each theme.
Written Examination: 2 hours, 16% of qualification.
A2 Unit 5: Independent Investigation
- One written independent investigation of 3000-4000 words, based on the collection of both primary and secondary information
- 20% of qualification
Career Opportunities/Additional Information
Geography is a specific requirement for some careers such as urban planning. Geographers, however, are found in all walks of life. The subject imparts skills of observation, investigation, analysis and interpretation, which are essentially management skills required in a wide variety of careers. Geography also enables people to make informed judgements on some of the important social, political, economic and environmental issues of the day. The subject by its nature is integrative between the arts and sciences.
Staff to consult for further information
Mr Gareth Battle.