Geography


How long does it last? Two years
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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 6 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

Assessment:
Component 1: Physical Geography
Written Exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (96 marks)
This exam is worth 40% of the A Level

Component 2: Human Geography
Written Exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (96 marks)
This exam is worth 40% of the A Level

Component 3: Geographical Investigation
This is an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. This is based on a question or issue defined and developed independently, relating to any part of the course. 3000-4000 words (35 marks) – 20% of the final A Level