Subject : Geography
Awarding body: AQA
Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE courses (2030)
Course content and examination requirements:
The course combines a mixture of practical field skills and theoretical knowledge. It is equally balanced between Human and Physical Geography. Progression from GCSE will be smooth with the use of short answer questions providing structure and essay writing skills becoming more important at A2. There will be two residential expeditions at least one of which will be abroad. There will be a focus on the use of data and the use of ICT in manipulating and analysing information. Units will look at issues that are relevant in the modern world such as globalisation and environmental change.
|Year 12 - AS Units||Year 13 - A2 Units (full GCE)|
|Unit 1 – GEOG1
Physical and Human Geography
70% of AS, 35% of A-Level
120 marks A two hours written examination with short answer and structured questions. Topics include: Rivers and Floods and Coastal Management in the Physical section and Population and Food in the Human section.
|Unit 3 – GEOG3
Contemporary Geographical Issues
30% of A-Level
90 marks A two hours and thirty minutes written examination made up of short answer questions and one essay. Looks at geographical issues such as Plate Tectonics, Ecosystems, World Cities and Development and Globalisation.
|Unit 2 –GEOG2
30% of AS, 15% of A-Level
A one hour written examination based on fieldworks skills such as map reading, graphing and ICT. This will be preceded by a residential field course.
|Unit 4 – GEOG4
Geographical Fieldwork Investigation
20% of A-Level
A one hour and thirty minutes written examination based on a residential fieldwork expedition.
A Grade A in GCSE Geography will be a required. Students should have the ability to work well independently and in groups in the classroom and in the field. Students will not need to have studied particular topics before but they should be familiar with the use of maps and graphical data.
Relevance to further studies and careers:
Geography links well with all humanities and science subjects. It is useful for careers and degrees in civil engineering, urban planning, surveying, economics and environmental science. The wide range of skills learnt from project management to data interpretation are very relevant to modern employment.
Teaching staff / further information:
Mr D Rock
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