Geography

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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. 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)

A LEVEL UNITS:

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

 

Component 2: (2 hours 30 exam) Human geography:

Section A – Global systems and global governance

Section B – Changing places

Section C – Resources security

 

Component 3: 3,000 – 4,000 word individual investigation based on fieldwork data

 

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

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 9-5 grades in a range of subjects, including Geography.  In order to cope with the essay writing needed for the examination papers, students would normally be expected to have Grade 5 in English.  They would also benefit from at least a Grade 5 in Mathematics due to the increased statistical content in the course.