This is a new course fit for the 21st Century and is a must for anyone who is interested in the present and future state of our planet and its inhabitants. Students will build on the knowledge; understanding and expertise gained at GCSE and will investigate the challenges of the natural world and today’s modern society. The course has a balance between physical, human and environmental topics with fieldwork and research skills a key feature at AS and A2. Students will develop their decision-making and analytical skills both as an individual and in groups.
In addition to classroom lessons students will plan and undertake fieldwork locally and nationally and will have an opportunity to take part in a European visit.
COURSE CONTENT (AQA)
Component 1 (1 hour 30 exam) Physical geography and the environment:
- Section A – The study of, Water and carbon cycles, Hot desert environments or Coastal systems and landscapes
- Section B – The study of Hazards or Contemporary urban environments
Component 2(1 hour 30 exam) Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation:
- Section A – The study of either Global Systems and Governance or Changing Places
- Section B – Geographical fieldwork investigation and geographical skills.
Component 1:(2 hours 30 exam) Physical geography:
- Section A – Water and carbon cycles
- Section B – either hot deserts or coastal systems
- Section C – Hazards, Ecosystems under stress or Cold environments
Component 2:(2 hours 30 exam) Human geography:
- Section A – Global systems and global governance
- Section B – Changing places
- Section C – either Contemporary urban environments or Population and the environment or Resources security
Component 3: 3,000 – 4,000 word individual investigation based on fieldwork data
An Advanced Level in Geography provides a broad and balanced education and develops a wide range of skills. It can therefore lead onto Humanities or Science-based degree courses, as well as specialist courses in Geography and Environmental studies. The career paths of Geography students are as varied as the subject itself, Geographers are great decision-makers and problem solvers; and jobs include crime analysts, town and country planning, civil service, travel and tourism, business management, marketing, environmental agencies, development agencies and careers on the airlines. It is also one of the degree courses with the highest employment percentage after graduation.
GCSE GRADE PROFILE
Students will normally achieve A* to C grades in a range of subjects, including Geography.