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Geography

Entry Requirements

Minimum of A Level 6 in GCSE Geography.

 

About This Course

The Edexcel A Level in Geography encourages students to gain enjoyment, satisfaction and a sense of achievement as they develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject. This A Level course will enable students to be inspired by their geographical understanding, to engage critically with real world issues and places, and to apply their geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. Students will grow as independent thinkers and as informed and engaged citizens, who understand the role and importance of geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing peoples, places and environments.

 

Course Content & Assessment

Paper 1 is a written examination worth 30% of the qualification.  There are four topics that include:

Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards; 

Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two: 2A: Glaciated Landscapes and Change or 2B: Coastal Landscapes and Change;    

Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity; and    

Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security.

Paper 2 is a written examination worth 30% of the qualification.  There are four topics that include:

Topic 3: Globalisation;

Topic 4: Shaping Places – including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two: 4A Regenerating Places or 4B Diverse Places;

Topic 7: Superpowers; and

Topic 8: Global Development and Connections – including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two: 8A Health, Human Rights and Intervention or 8B Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.

Paper 3 is a written examination worth 20% of the qualification. The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes: Players, Attitudes & Actions and Futures & Uncertainties.

The non-examination assessment: Independent Investigation makes up 20% of the qualification. In this, the student defines a question or issue for investigation relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification.  The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data.  The fieldwork, which forms the focus and context of the individual investigation, may be either human, physical or integrated physical-human.  The student will produce a written report of 3000–4000 words.

 

What could this course lead to?

Geography is both a numerate and literate discipline and is excellent preparation for university.  Careers within environmental consultancy, regional planning, quantity surveying and GIS mapping require a geographical background.  Students wishing to go into journalism, logistics, architecture and politics would also benefit from A Level Geography.

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