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A very relevant subject that can be combined with a wide range of disciplines. It is a natural link between the arts and sciences. It examines physical and human landscapes and the interaction between them. It combines a wide range of skills – fieldwork skills, use of statistics, graphs, diagrams, map reading, literacy/numeracy and communication skills. As the world changes rapidly good geographers are needed more than ever.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Usually students will have gained a minimum C grade in Geography at GCSE. However, it is possible to take the subject at AS level without studying it at GCSE but students must discuss this with the Head of Geography.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREERS

Fact: Geographers are very employable people. They are much sought after. Many go on to study geography at a higher level increasingly specialising in areas such as hydrology (rivers), urban planning and oceanography. There are numerous related disciplines, which encompass ‘environmental’ subjects. The subject is a good preparation for the world of work and it offers careers in planning, tourism, conservation, meteorology, environmental issues, local government and many more.

 

COURSE DETAILS

Exam board: AQA Syllabus A
AS content:
Physical - Rivers, floods and management; Coastal environments.
Human - Population Change; Energy issues.

A2 content:
Contemporary geographical issues - Plate tectonics and related hazards, Ecosystems: change and challenge and Contemporary conflicts and challenges.
Geographical fieldwork investigation – Individual investigation related to the fieldwork.

Fieldwork: There will be full day local fieldtrip to investigate the downstream changes of the River Seaton from source to mouth in the Autumn term of Year 12. During the summer term of Year 12 there is a three day residential trip to Dorset.

 

THE EXAMINATION

AS – 2 written examinations.
Paper 1: Physical/Human topics - 2 hours - 70% of AS mark.
Paper 2: Geographical skills paper - 1 hour - 30% of AS mark.

A2 – 2 written examinations.
Paper 3: Contemporary geographical issues paper - 2 hours 30 minutes - 30% of A2.
Paper 4: Geographical fieldwork investigation paper - 1 hour 30 minutes - 20% of A2 level.

 

FURTHER ADVICE AND INFORMATION

Mrs Baker & Mr Smith

 

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