Head of Department: Mr B Lee
Examination Board: AQA

Why Study Geography?

In Geography we focus on knowing how in addition to knowing what. The enquiry-based approach offers opportunities to develop skills highly valued by both universities and employers, such as information-processing, reasoning, creative thinking and evaluation. An A-Level in Geography, because of its focus on the interaction between people and the planet on which we live, is relevant to a wide range of career paths such as law, advertising and environmental management. The approach offers opportunities to develop skills highly valued by both universities and employers, such as information-processing, reasoning, creative thinking and evaluation.

Course Content

AS - Water and carbon cycles.

-   Coastal Environments

-   Hazards

-   Global systems and changing places

-   Fieldwork skills paper

-   There is a minimum of 2 days fieldwork required for AS

 A2 - Physical Paper - Water and Carbon cycles

-   Coastal environments

-   Hazards

-   Ecosystems under stress

 Human Paper

-   Global Systems and Governance

-   Changing Places

-   Contemporary Urban Environments

 Investigation

-   3000-4 000 words

-   20% of A Level

-   Marked internally and moderated by AQA

Course Aims

We encourage you to apply your understanding of Geography effectively, increase your awareness of the complexity of interactions between people and environments and be aware of the changing nature of Geography and its relevance to everyday life in the 21st century. We aim to develop you as ‘global citizens’ who recognise the challenges of sustainability and its implications. We also aim to improve your ability to be a critical, reflective learner. Finally, we encourage you to become adept in the use and application of a range of skills and new technologies.

Assessment

AS Unit 1 – Physical Geography with two sections.

Choose from:

-   Water and carbon cycle, coasts, and hot deserts.

-   Hazards or Contemporary Urban environments compulsory.

AS Unit 2- Human Geography

-   Global systems

-   Changing Places and fieldwork skills

A2 – Three exams with one physical paper and one human paper covering the same topics as AS.

Investigation consisting of 3000-4000 words based in primary fieldwork.