Geography


How long does it last? Two years for A Level
There are currently two courses running simultaneously due to the introduction of the new A level Geography curriculum in September 2016. Please see below for details of the two courses.

Course beginning 2016
Course Code: AQA  A-Level Geography (7037)
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037

Students who take this course:
The two year course will excite minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate investigative and analytical skills. It is a real mix of human, physical and environmental geography. The specification supports and enhances students’ learning from many GCSE courses in geography. Students with an interest in people, the natural environment and world cities will really enjoy this current and very relevant A level. It is preferable that students have a grade B or higher in Geography GCSE. In exceptional circumstances, other candidates will be considered.

Course Description:
The course looks at a broad spectrum of modern geographical topics. It explores the relationship between people and the built and natural environments and issues facing the world today – such as population growth and the impact of natural hazards on people around the world. There is a real balance between studying the natural and physical world, as well as the inclusion of independent geographical research and skill development.

Year 12 (to include a compulsory residential field visit to Devon):
Water and Carbon Cycles
Hazards
Global Systems and Global Governance

Year 13 (to include a compulsory residential field visit to South Wales):
Coastal Systems and Landscapes
Changing Places
Population and the Environment

Course beginning 2015
Course Code: A Level Geography Edexcel 8GE01
Exam Board Specification: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/geography/Pages/default.aspx

The course looks at a broad spectrum of modern geographical topics. It explores the relationship between people and the built and natural environments, as well as issues facing the world today – such as population growth and the impact of natural hazards on people around the world. There is a real balance between studying the natural and physical world, as well as the inclusion of independent geographical research and skill development.

AS Geography
Unit 1: Global Challenges
Unit 2: Geographical Investigations

A2 Geography
Unit 3: Contested Planet
Unit 4: Geographical Research: Students will study option 1 – Tectonic Activity and Hazards.

Geography Fieldwork Opportunities at Key Stage 5
Year 12:
A 5-day residential visit to Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre (fieldwork is compulsory for unit 2 in AS Geography).
A study skills day at the Royal Geographical Society, London.
Day lectures and workshops at Bath University (Climate Change) and UWE (Coastal Management, natural hazards and population change).