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AS/A2 Level Geography

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Overview

Geography is a dynamic and relevant subject for all young people.  If you have a fascination for the world you live in and want to explore it then Geography gives you that opportunity. We study both physical and human geography, on this course which gives you a broad grounding and can lead you onto a geographical degree specialising in physical or human geography if you so wish.

Geography leads you to become global citizens by exploring your own place in the world, your values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. Geography also equips you with a broad range of personal learning and thinking skills (PLTs) such as teamwork, independent enquiry and creative thinking – all highly valued by employers.

  1. Course Title

    A Level Geography

  2. Exam Board and Specification No.

    Edxcel

What do I need to have studied/have knowledge of?

GCSE Geography grade B or above.

What will I learn on this course?

Physical Unit includes Tectonics, the Carbon and Water cycles, water insecurity and energy security, Coasts and Glaciation

You will study how all of these systems change over time in the long term and short term using current case studies to illustrate these processes

The Human includes Population, Migration, Settlement, Super powers (China), Development and Globalisation.

You will study the patterns of population and settlement have changed over time and the issues that arise from these changes again using current case studies to identify these changing patterns

You will study how all of these systems change over time in the long term and short term using current case studies to illustrate these processes

There are 4 days of field work included in this cours

 

What key skills will I develop?

A broad range of geographical skills, research skills and personal learning and thinking skills (PLTs) such as teamwork, independent enquiry and creative and critical thinking – all highly valued by employers.

Communication, application of number, Information Technology, problem solving, working with others and improving own learning and performance.

How will I be assessed?

There are 3 written exams worth 60% of the final mark

The written exams are data response questions and essay type questions

There is an investigative report 3,000 to 4,000 words worth 20% of the final mark

What could this course lead to?

Geography graduates lend themselves to a wide range of jobs.  They may go into geography-related careers such as urban regeneration and conservation, or they may apply their skills to a range of other industries, including law, management consultancy and marketing. As for success straight after university, there’s almost an equal split between those in graduate-level positions, non-graduate positions and further study

Degrees it could lead to Geography; Human Geography; Physical Geography; Coastal Geography; Applied Geography; Marine Geography; Environmental Geography; International Development.

Additional events, trips or enrichment activities

Opportunities for field work both local and international

The Iceland trip is in April and there is the additional 5 day Field work Trip to Snowdonia in March for the data collection for NEA’s (Non-examined Assessments)

Study days to enhance student knowledge

Are there any additional costs for this course?

Field work costs are kept to a minimum and usually are transport costs only

The international fieldwork is not compulsory.  Additional financial support may be available.

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Ms A Preston – apreston@commonweal.co.uk