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ASDAN Geography Short Course

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The Geographical Association has authored the Geography Short Course which adds to ASDAN's range of popular and flexible Short Courses.

About the course

Through this innovative curriculum resource, we hope you will be able to give students a broad, holistic view of geography that you can return to with them time and again.

The ASDAN Geography Short Course is about real places and much of it uses the student as a starting point. It is about their place in the world - how they live in it, how it is changing for better and for worse and about their future in it.

It is about broadening their horizons so they learn to see the bigger picture through social, economic and environmental lenses. You will be able to help them to think more deeply about issues like development, fair trade and conflict so they see beyond the stereotypes.

Course content

The course comprises a series of activity-based challenges grouped into ten modules covering topics such as Physical Processes; Food, Energy and Waste; Migration and more.

Students can complete the course over a time period to suit them, and accreditation is available for between 10 and 60 hours' study.


A diverse range of assessment and learning techniques are suggested such as producing a TV report, writing a keynote speech and designing a holiday brochure. These are only suggestions however and you will be able to use many other interesting and challenging assessment tasks.

Support materials to aid with delivery of each challenge, including links to useful websites and further resources, are available on the ASDAN website.


The Geography Short Course can be used towards ASDAN's CoPE qualification at Level 1 and 2, or as a stand-alone programme, particularly in Key Stage 4 as an accessible option for those learners who otherwise may not continue their study of geography, or in KS3.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about this unique new Short Course that helps develop transferable skills through geography, and receive a complimentary copy of the course booklet, please send your contact details to [email protected].

Sample pages - Geography Short Course Student Book (2.0M)

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Further information is also available on the ASDAN website.

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