St Ivo Geography Department Online Portal
“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” -
Head of Department -
Why follow the AQA AS/A2 specification?
The AQA AS/A2 geography specifications present an exciting and fresh approach to geography whilst at the same time offering a strong foundation in both human and physical disciplines as well as practical skills. It addresses many themes including a concern for the environment and an appreciation of global changes and inequalities.
The specification allows students to develop an in-
Five GCSE’s grade C and above with a grade B in geography, is the minimum requirement for entry to AS and A2 level courses, together with the recommendation of your GCSE subject teacher.
Assessment and Deadlines
The specification is examined through 4 units each of which has a written examination. Unit modules are sat in either January or June.
Fieldwork plays a very important role in supporting the teaching and learning of any geography course and at St Ivo there is a strong tradition of fieldwork and practical ‘hands-
The school and the department believe that student’s safety is of paramount importance. Thorough risk assessments are undertaken prior to fieldwork and fieldwork is always led by a suitable number of well qualified staff.
Fieldwork Opportunities at AS/A2
We offer the options of:
A week’s residential field work in Snowdonia (Year 12)
River Processes Fieldwork -
Sand Dune Succession Fieldwork -
Urban Geography Studies -
New York -
Students also have the option to attend lectures in association with the University of Cambridge and the local Geographical Association
Enhancing Geographical Learning with ICT – E-
The Geography Department strongly believes that the geography curriculum can be complemented and greatly enhanced with the new online technologies that exist.
As well as access to school facilities for word processing and data manipulation, the department make use of GIS, Google Earth and in particular the latest web based technologies such as blogs and podcasts to support teaching and learning.
This website, dedicated VI form blogs and materials on Schoology provide a wide variety of online supporting materials for AS and A2 students as well as useful links to background materials available on the web to consolidate ideas covered in class. There is also a popular twitter feed @StIvoGeogAlevel (protected feed -
This year we have also introduced a dedicated sixth form forum to encourage collaboration and provide further support for our students studying A’level.
The new AS and A Levels in Geography start in September 2016 -
CURRENT SPEC (2015 -
NEW AS / A Level from September 2016..
Structure of current spec (current Year 12 / 13)