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Geography A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description


Unit 1:Global Challenges
There are two compulsory topics for this unit: ‘World at risk’ and ‘Going Global’.

Assessment: 1½ hour exam comprising of three sections and Resource Booklet.

Questions will consist of data response, short answers and longer guided essay questions. 60% of the AS marks, 30% of A Level.

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations
Two topics are studied: Physical Topic: Crowded Coasts; Human Topic: Rebranding Places. Questions require longer responses designed to include data response, investigation skills and related impacts/management issues. Students will be expected to use the Resource Booklet, their own ideas, relevant fieldwork and research which they have carried out. There will be 3 days of residential fieldwork based along the East Coast around the Unit 2 topics.

Assessment: 1¼ hour exam including examination paper comprising two sections and Resource Booklet. 40% of the AS marks, 20% of A Level.


Unit 3: Contested Planet
There are six compulsory topics: Topic 1 – Energy security; Topic 2 – Water conflicts; Topic 3 – Biodiversity Under Threat; Topic 4 – Superpower Geographies; Topic 5 – Bridging the Development Gap; Topic 6 – The Technological Fix? Questions will consist of short essay questions, one of which will make use of the prereleased synoptic materials.

Assessment: 2½ hour exam comprising two sections and Resource Booklet including synoptic resources. The synoptic resources will be prereleased to students as Advance Information only eight weeks before the exam. 60% of the A2 marks (30% of the A Level marks)

Unit 4: Geographical Research
One research topic: 'Tectonic Activity and Hazards' or 'Life on the Margins: the food supply problem'. The first topic explores the causes, effects and human responses to volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. The second topic investigates the growing issue of global food supply and security, and how effective management can help sustain life at the margins.

Assessment: 1½ hour exam. Research focus material pre-released to students as Advance Information eight weeks before the exam. 40% of the A2 marks (20% of the A Level marks).

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in Geography is required, and a B grade in English is recommended. On occasion students who do not meet these criteria may be allowed on the course after a Year 11 Geography teacher’s recommendation.

Future opportunities

Geography combines well with almost all other AS and A2 subjects. Taken with sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Geography supports applications for almost any science-based university course like Engineering, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography and Geology; taken with humanities like English, French, History or Economics, Geography supports an equally wide range of university courses such as Law, Business, Media, Politics and Philosophy

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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