GCE Geography (2018)

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The CCEA GCE Geography specification gives students a broad knowledge and understanding of the processes and challenges facing our world.

This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.

At AS level students investigate physical and human geography themes. They explore the processes that shape weather, the relationships between population and resources or how to protect the countryside. They undertake fieldwork and develop their ability to gather, evaluate and present information.

Those who continue to A2 can explore plate tectonics, climate change, dynamic coastal environments or tropical ecosystems. They also investigate cultural geography, ethnic diversity or tourism. They develop decision-making skills and apply these in a real world scenario.

The specification has six units:

  • Unit AS 1: Physical Geography
  • Unit AS 2: Human Geography
  • Unit AS 3: Fieldwork Skills and Techniques in Geography
  • Unit A2 1: Physical  Processes, Landforms and Management
  • Unit A2 2: Processes and Issues in Human Geography
  • Unit A2 3: Decision Making in Geography.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2018
First award of AS level: from Summer 2019
First award of A level: from Summer 2020
QAN AS level: 601/8393/7
QAN A level: 601/8394/9
Subject code: 3910
Guided learning hours AS level: 180
Guided learning hours A level: 360
Qualification level: 3

Skills developed through our GCE Geography

The specification builds on learning from Key Stage 4 and gives students opportunities to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

Students develop their communication (talking and listening, reading and writing), using mathematics and using ICT skills. Students have opportunities to develop information management skills when collecting and collating data. They also have opportunities to develop problem-solving, working with others and self-management skills, enhancing their Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

This specification helps students to develop as effective and independent learners who are critical thinkers with enquiring minds. It also provides opportunities for students to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at both AS and A2 levels.

For more information on this specification contact:

Margaret McMullan
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2285
Arlene Ashfield
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2291