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Est. 1921

Geography

What is this course about?

The course focuses on the dynamic nature of physical systems and processes in the world, and the on the interactions and connectivity between people, places and environments.  Students will develop a critical understanding of the world’s people, places and environments in the 21st century.  The course will excite our students’ minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate their investigative and analytical skills.

Course Content

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Component 1: Physical geography

What's assessed:

  • Section A: Water and carbon cycles
  • Section B:Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Section C: Hazards

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (120 marks)
  • 40% of A-level
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose

Component 2: Human geography

What's assessed:

  • Section A: Global systems and global governance
  • Section B: Changing places
  • Section C: Population and the environment

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (120 marks)
  • 40% of A-level
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation

What's assessed:

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.

How it's assessed:

  • 3,000–4,000 words
  • 60 marks
  • 20% of A-level

What might this course lead on to?

Geography provides a useful background for many careers, including:

Teaching, Travel and Tourism, Transport and distribution, Environmental and Ecological Planning, Town Planning, Administration and Management, Landscape Architecture, Cartography, Marketing and Logistics, Geographical Information Systems Officer.

 

Entry Requirements

A grade ‘4’ or above in the GCSE Geography exam