Geography A Level

About the Course

There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion; Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Whatever your passion in the world - fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality - Geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.

Exam Board

The new A level is an AQA two year course. Geography is 80% examination based with an independent enquiry worth 20%.

Requirements

Level 5 in English language/literature and a B grade in GCSE Geography.

Course Content

Component 1: Physical Geography. Section A: water and carbon cycles; Section B: coastal systems and landscapes; Section C: hazards. This is in the form of a written exam lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes containing 96 marks worth of questions and being equivalent to 40% of the A level. Component 2: human Geography. Section A: global systems and global governance; Section B: changing places; Section C: contemporary urban environments. This is also in the form of a written exam lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes containing 96 marks worth of questions and being equivalent to 40% of the A level. Component 3: geographical investigation. Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. 3,000 - 4,000 words; 35 marks; 20% of A level. Modules studies - in summary the geographical content studied is proposed to be: physical geography - water and Carbon cycles; coastal systems and landscapes; hazards. Human Geography - global systems and global governance; changing places; contemporary urban environments.

Beyond the Classroom

There is a requirement for fieldwork at A level which will involve a residential trip. Drop- in revision sessions are available every day after school and students are encouraged to contact staff and share resources with other students via e-mail. We have a wealth of resources on our school VLE site which we expect students to access on a regular basis as well as a variety of up to date textbooks and periodical literature in the library. It is essential that our A level students are inquisitive people who have a good knowledge of current affairs available through the online press and television news.

Your Future

Geography is the only A level subject offered that is both an art and a science. Studying Geography provides you with an insight into a range of practical, social, economic and environmental issues. In addition to core geographic skills, for example: field work and the use of specialist field equipment, preparing maps and diagrams and using social survey and interpretive methods; you also develop a range of key skills that are relevant to many jobs and sectors.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mr A Hargrave
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