Geography

“Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future.” – Michael Palin

Course Specification

Geography and the world we study is ever-changing. The Edexcel course students follow therefore focuses on fundamental geographical processes, reflects the changing world around students and encourages them to foster an understanding of what could impact on its future. This A Level course will enable students to be inspired by their geographical knowledge, and apply theory and skills to the world around them.
The course content is framed by enquiry questions that encourage an investigative and evaluative approach to learning. The 8 units that are studied range from ‘Tectonic Processes and Hazards’, ‘Globalisation’, ‘Landscape Systems & Changes’ to ‘Energy’, ‘the Insecurity of Water’ and ‘Global Development’.

Opportunities

The study of Geography is a distinct help in many careers. Geographers develop a wide range of transferable skills, enabling students to ask geographical questions, analyse patterns and processes, and use and interpret geographical data.
A level Geography is essential for Higher Education courses in Geography and useful for courses in Environmental Science, Economics, Sociology, Geology and many other subjects.

Assessment

Students will complete a minimum of four days of field work which will form the basis of their coursework element, and support their understanding in A2 examinations.
A range of textbooks and online resources will be available to support students’ learning.
The A2 qualification is three examinations covering all 8 units and the fieldwork element.
Students will also complete a ‘Non Examined Assessment’ (NEA) for 20% of their A level, which will be based on geographical content of their choice.

Recommended

Geography will be of interest to students from both the Arts and Science disciplines. Although students usually hold at least a good grade at GCSE Geography, other applicants may be considered.

 

Head of Department
Miss Wright
Supported by
Mrs Twine and Miss Bayfield

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