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Geography: A Level (Facilitating)

 

course specification

A Level Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economics, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics. The content at A Level covers a range of human and psychical topics and incorporates a residential field trip and provides the basis for the non-examined assessment (course work).

exam board

Edexcel Geography Alevel - 2 year linear course (no AS)

Units

This course includes the study of core geographical concepts, along with contrasting themes of contemporary or environmental impact management and sustainability. The course will cover a range of both physical and human Geography and will provide opportunity to apply a range of different Geographical skills and use these skills in a range of field work contexts.

entry criteria

The best foundation for success A Level geography is a good grade in Geography GCSE, though students may take up this course with 5 A*-C grades in any subjects. Although Geography GCSE does provide a useful foundation some of our best students have chosen this subject in Year 12 for the first time.

Assessment

Exam Paper 1 –30% of A level

Topics include: Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Landscape Systems, Coastal Landscapes and Change, The water cycle and water insecurity & the carbon cycle and energy security.

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12- mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.

Exam Paper 2 – 30% of A level

Topics include: Globalisation, shaping places, regenerating places, superpowers & Global development and connections

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12- mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.

Exam Paper 3 – 20% A level

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes (players, attitudes and actions & futures and uncertainties) and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

trips & visits

As part of the A level Geography course, it is compulsory for students to complete a minimum of 4 days field work. This will be completed during a 4 day residential field trip.

higher education

Geography or Environmental Sciences as a degree.

careers

Careers associated include: Travel, Leisure and culture, Environment and sustainability, the business world, Development and global issues, Settlements and Town planning, Hazard prediction and Managing risk.

Which teachers should I talk to about this subject?

Mr Mudie