Geography

A Level

BASIC COURSE DETAILS

Geography is a qualification that enables students to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply their own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around you, and to help you prepare to succeed in your chosen pathway. Students will be able to bring geographical theory and concepts to life using case studies and wider geographical research to give you a clear understanding of global geographical issues.
A level Geography is a two-year course, which prepares students for the Edexcel specification examination.

IS IT FOR ME?

You will develop a geographical understanding of human and physical geographical interaction including an appreciation of the factors that can influence human behaviour and lead to both positive and negative geographical outcomes. You will also develop your ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate geographical information using a range of statistical and practical fieldwork techniques.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This course offers the opportunity to examine and investigate a range of topics under four enquiry headings:
Dynamic Landscapes
Tectonic processes and hazards
Coastal landscapes and features
Dynamic places
Globalisation
Regenerating places
Physical systems and sustainability
Water cycle and water security
The Carbon cycle and Energy Security
Climate Change Futures
Human systems and Geopolitics
Superpowers
Global Development and Connections

FIELDWORK

A Level geography students must complete a minimum of four days of fieldwork, this is usually a residential trip to Norfolk. Fieldwork must be carried out in relation to both physical and human geography.

WHAT DOES STUDYING GEOGRAPHY LEAD ON TO?

A Level geography students can go on to study the subject at Degree level at university. This can lead to careers in local government, planning, disaster risk planning and in many other fields such as law, education, engineering, business and travel and tourism. The transferable communication, evaluation and analytical skills you will develop studying geography are also relevant to many occupations involving interactions with people.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course is externally assessed by three 2:15 hour written examinations and a piece of individual coursework marked internally and externally moderated. All exam components are completed in year 13.