Geography

Course Type: GCE Advanced Level

Department: Humanities

Why Should I Study This Course?

This new course will excite your minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate your investigative and analytical skills. Whilst some of these topics will be new to you, they have been added to reflect our ever changing world, as well as revisit areas that you will previously have some knowledge of, including hazards, populations and resources.

What Would I Study?

Physical Geography: Water and Carbon Cycles; Coastal Landscapes and Hazards.
Human Geography: Global Systems and Global Governance; Changing Places and the Population and the Environment.
You will also complete an individual investigation which must include fieldwork of your own.

How and When is it Assessed?

There will be 2 written examinations at the end of Year 13, each lasting 2 hour 30 minutes.
Paper 1: Physical Geography
Paper 2: Human Geography
Each examination is worth 40% of the overall A Level grade. The question papers are made up a mixture of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and an extended piece of writing for each topic.
You will also complete an individual investigation, this will be started at the end of Year 12 to be completed in the first term of Year 13. You wil select the question or issue, relating to any part of the specification content. You will write up a 3,000-4,000 word investigation and complete your own field work, both elements will be marked by teachers and moderated by our exam board. This will give you the remaining 20% of your overall A Level grade.

Where Can This Course Take me?

Geography is known as a facilitating subject, which means that it opens its doors to more degrees and more careers than others. There are so many pathways that geographers can go into, as there is both a literary and scientific side to the subject. Many people with a geography degree find themselves in surveying, conservation, working with GIS, town planning, tourism, transport and marketing.