The course is designed to develop skills of investigation, decision making, interpretation, analysis and more subject specific skills. It will equip students to be independent thinkers who can take into account the opinions and values of others as well as have their own well supported views. It will develop essay writing and fieldwork skills allowing students independence in defining their learning outcomes. The course will be firmly rooted in the study of both human and physical aspects of Geography: contemporary and more traditional.
70% of AS, 35% of A2.
This paper will consist of essay style questions and will last 2 hours. It will be based around the two compulsory units of Rivers and Population and 2 optional areas that may include health issues, energy issues, food issues, glaciation, desert environments and coasts.
30% of AS, 15% of A2.
This paper will concern itself with applied Geography and will test generic fieldwork and research skills through structured questions. It will be examined by a one hour paper.
30% of A2.
This paper will be two hours long and will be made up of short structured, and essay style questions based on the studied material of the course. There will be a choice of topics in this paper e.g. tectonics, weather and climate, contemporary conflicts and world cities.
20% of A2.
This will be a 1.5 hour examination consisting of short structured and extended questions relating to your fieldwork investigation.
A minimum of five GCSE passes graded at A*-C are required. You will need to have achieved B grade in Geography and a grade C in English and Mathematics for progression onto the A Level course.
AS to A2 progression:
In order to ensure that students are appropriately prepared for A Level study, AS students will be expected to achieve a minimum grade D at AS. Where grade D is not met, you will be expected to re-sit the Unit(s).
All students will have read widely around the topic areas for study in advance- book lists will be provided. Reading is also expected throughout the course. Students will also consolidate their learning after lessons by practising skills and annotating notes.
Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:
There will be fieldwork opportunities at both AS and A2 Levels. There is a trip to Iceland to look at aspects of AS and A2 Geography. Students will be signposted to other school trips which will increase their awareness of geographic issues. Students will be given the opportunity to mentor and support younger students and promote Geography to various audiences.
Studying Geography at A Level can lead to a career in:
Research, Marketing, Industry, Finance, Teaching and Administration and Management. Although these are the main employers there are a number of other areas that take in large numbers of Geographers and a great deal of emerging jobs markets that will need Geographers such as energy development and climate planning.
Good combinations of other subject to study with Geography are:
Mathematics, Biology, Psychology, History, Religious Education, Chemistry, Business Studies and Economics, Physical Education and Sociology and English Literature.
I love learning about how the Earth works and Geography lets me do this!
I like having to make decisions and use lots of skills rather than just doing one thing.
There is so much variety in the subject it doesn’t get boring.
People in our class are going to study so many subjects that relate to Geography at university. It has been a great subject and has opened up so many avenues to us like Ecology, Geology, Marine Studies, and even just straight Geography!
I didn’t realise how much geography was out there and how it sneaks into every subject!