Geography

 

Geography is one of the most fascinating subjects that you could choose to study. It enables you to fully understand the physical and human landscape that you see around you and it is a subject which can be enjoyed for many years to come. Whenever you are visiting a new place, just think how much more interesting it is if you have an appreciation of how things have formed, how they got there, how they may change in the future. Geography A Level provides an excellent opportunity to be able to find answers to questions like these and to continue learning about the world around us.

Course content

Year 12

  • Core physical geography – hydrology, atmosphere and weather, rocks and weathering
  • Core human geography –  population, migration, settlement dynamics

Year 13

  • Advanced physical geography – coastal environments, hazardous environments
  • Advanced human geography – global interdependence (trade, aid, tourism), environmental management

Assessment

Paper 1 

Core physical geography - 1 hour 30 minutes - 60 marks

Section A: Three data response questions (30 marks)

B: One structured question from a choice of three (30 marks)

Paper 2 

Core Human Geography  - 1 hour 30 minutes - 60 marks

Section A: Three data response questions (30 marks)Section B: One structured question from a choice of three (30 marks)

Paper 3 

Advanced physical geography options -1 hour 30 minutes - 60 marks

Candidates answer questions on two chosen topics.Each topic consists of one structured question (10 marks) and one essay from a choice of two (20 marks)

Paper 4

Advanced human geography options - 1 hour 30 minutes - 60 marks

Candidates answer questions on two chosen topics.

Each topic consists of one structured question (10 marks) and one essay from a choice of two (20 marks)

Course requirements

You need an enquiring mind and an enthusiasm for the subject. It is an extremely rewarding course but you do need to work hard as it can be quite challenging. We therefore recommend that a minimum of grade 7 in GCSE Geography is attained, to be able to study geography at a higher level.Geography incorporates a mixture of independent study, with group work. Presentations, debates and classroom discussion are important elements of the course. In addition, you will be expected to read widely around the subject to improve your background knowledge and increase your understanding of geographical language and concepts. You will be encouraged to subscribe to ‘Geography Review’, a journal for Sixth Form geographers, and to attend conferences held by the Geographical Association.

Of course, geography wouldn’t be geography without fieldwork. Throughout the two years, a varied programme of fieldwork will be offered.

Why study Geography A Level?

Geography stands astride the arts and the sciences. With a mix of human and physical geography, it enables you to think in both a scientific and creative way and it provides a great platform to a wide range of job opportunities. The skills which geography fosters makes it a subject which is highly sought after by employers, seen as a ‘facilitator’ subject by Russell Group universities. Integrated into the subject content are a number of transferable skills including literacy, numeracy, communication, teamwork, problem-solving and spatial awareness. The multitude of skills and the diverse knowledge acquired, makes geography students highly employable across a range of professions. 

For full course specification visit: http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-a-level-geography-9696/

 

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