A Level Geography

Entry Guidance

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. No more than two applied courses can count towards this total and each applied course counted has the equivalence of only one GCSE, regardless of its nominal size. In addition, students must achieve the specific entry requirements which may apply to this course.

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Typical Syllabus Outline

This is an opportunity to extend your knowledge of the world. This broad based qualification studies a selection of both physical and human Geography which also allows you to develop numerous transferable skills.

Whether or not you intend to study Geography at university it provides you with an interesting and arguably essential grounding to understanding the world around you.

You will study the physical processes that make the world what it is and how these processes impact on everyday life. You will also study the human aspects of the world, which will ultimately provide you with an understanding of issues that not only affect us all today but will continue to do so well into the future.

The programme of study is varied as is the method of assessment and there are also a variety of fieldwork opportunities throughout the two years.

This is a new course that follows on from the GCSE programme of study, it allows students to continue developing their knowledge and understanding whilst reducing repetition of topics already covered.

Assessment

AS

  • The Physical Environment. Rivers and coasts, Cold environments and Hot environments. Written exam.
  • The Human Environment. Managing urban change, managing rural change, energy and tourism. Written exam.
  • Geographical Investigation. The course work aspect of this year. This is based on a title chosen by the students involving the above topics.

A2

  • Global Issues. Earth Hazards, Climatic hazards and Globalisation. Written exam and coursework.
  • Geographical Skills. Students will develop the ability to formulate their own investigations including fieldwork projects which will then be carried out by students. Coursework and written exam.

Progression

Successful students can continue their studies into higher education or can use this qualification to enter the world of work at a higher level.

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