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Geography studies how people and the environment interact, how people interact with and affect the natural world but also how the natural world affects people, whether by natural disaster or weather and climate.
Geography helps you understand the world you live in. Why is there such differences in development between countries? What changes and factors affect where we live? How is the UK and the world changing?
Put simply, Geography takes you places!
Examination Board: Eduqas
Assessment: 100% examination.
What does the course involve?
You will study three units which cover:
- Changing Places – Changing Economics. Here students will cover key ideas such as ‘Urbanisation in contrasting global cities’ and ‘A global perspective on development issues’
- Changing Environments. Here students may cover ideas such as ‘Shaping the landscape – coasts and coastal management’ and examine ‘Climate Change – cause and effect’
- Environmental Challenges: ideas such as ‘Ecosystem under threat’ and ‘Water supply and demand’ will be studied
Exam 1 will cover all 3 themes while Exam 2 will adopt a problem solving approach to a contemporary geographical issue. Exam 3 will be based on a minimum of 2 days of fieldwork from a human and physical geography context.
Differences from Year 9
GCSE Geography is a demanding, rigorous and academic course, with an emphasis on extended writing, thinking skills and acquiring and the application of geographical knowledge. Some of the content studied at key stage 3 will be developed further but many of the topics will be new.
As a geographer, you will learn to use a wide range of resources, data analysis, maps and GIS. You will understand processes and to discuss issues and understand different points of view, justify your opinions and evaluate as well as offer solutions to problems both in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. Fieldwork will develop teamwork and report writing skills.
A Level Geography
Examination Board: AQA
What Will I Study?
You will study six units at A Level. 3 human and 3 physical geography based.
Units studied are:
- Natural Hazards: Tectonics, wildfires, hurricanes and storms.
- Coastal Systems: Landforms and coastal management.
- Water and Carbon cycles: River management and climate change
- Global Systems and Governance: Globalisation and its impacts, Antarctica and its importance.
- Changing Places: Place-making, re-branding and forces causing change in two contrasting places.
- Population and the Environment: Global population growth, global health issues and food security.
Students require a Grade B or above in Geography.
There will be 2 exams both 2 1/2 hours long. These include a mix of question types from an essay, short data response questions and multiple choice questions.
There will be a piece of coursework worth 20% of the total grade. This is an individual study where you complete primary and secondary data collection on a title you have independently devised – please speak to your Geography teacher for further details.
Students will complete a residential fieldtrip in Year 12 to Dorset and hopefully in Year 13 to South Wales.
Geography A-level can lead to a variety of careers including marketing, insurance, transport planning, travel, cartography, surveying, demography, urban planning, hydrology, ecology, geology, and climatology. To continue further study in a Geography degree, related science and social science subjects may also be an asset, including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Sociology, Economics, Politics and History.
You will explore issues and discuss them, and be expected to give your own views and opinions. You will have the opportunity to carry out research using the internet, undertake fieldwork at various stages of the course, and learn through enquiry.