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Geography AS Level at Southfields Academy

Course description

This course consists of:

    AS Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography study rivers, floods and management, coastal environments, population change and food supply issues. Students will sit a two-hour examination worth 70% of the AS (35% of A Lvel). AS Unit 2: Geographical Skills, develop investigative ICT, graphical, cartographical, statistical and research skills through fieldwork. Students will sit a one hour exam worth 30% of the AS (15% of A Level). A2 Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues, study eco-systems challenge and change, weather and climate and associated hazards, development and globalisation, contemporary conflicts and challenges. Students will sit a one hour exam worth 30% of A Level. A2 Unit 4b: Geographical Issues Evaluation, structured short + extended Qs based on an advance information booklet. Students sit a one and a half hour examination worth 20% of A Level.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C at GCSE including Geography, minimum C grade.

Assessment

External

Financial information

Bursary Fund - SCC policy 2011/12 EMA in 2010/2011 Year 13s who received EMA in 2010/2011:* Those in receipt of 30 in 2011/2012 will receive 20 EMA.* Those in receipt of 10/20 in 2011/2012 will receive no EMA. Those starting year 12 again will not receive EMA. Bursary 2011/2012 Overall policy- The two groups that will receive funding will be vulnerable groups (see 'vulnerable groups' section below) and those in receipt of FSM in KS5. Student will be encouraged to apply for FSM when they enrol.- These two groups will be identified at the October SLASC count.- No payments will be made before the October SLASC count.- The school reserves the right to make discretionary additional payments, as required.- The finance department will administer the bursary scheme. All payments will be made by cheque. (The school only uses Bacs for payroll, and we do not want to keep excessive amounts of cash on site.)- 95% attendance to lessons is required. Ms Kamal to escalate any queries to Ms Floyd. 1. Vulnerable groups 'This includes young people in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support, and disabled young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.' These students have to be paid a bursary of 1,200 a year, although this payment can be made 'in kind'. 'In kind' means that these students will not necessarily receive cash payments, but could receive educational material (books etc.), educational trips or other support, which will be duly costed against this bursary. SCC policy:- These students will be paid weekly.- SCC is keen not to stigmatise this group. As such, they will not be required to get cards signed by teachers.- SCC is also keen to avoid conflict between tutors and tutees. As such, payment will be authorised by Ms Kamal based on ePortal records. 2. FSM 'Other students who need financial support to help them to stay in education or training may also be able to claim a bursary to help with costs of... food, equipment or other course-related costs.' SCC policy:- These students will be paid every half term.- The amount will depend on number of students who fall under the 'vulnerable groups' category, and the number of students in receipt of FSM at the time of the October SLASC count.- SCC is keen not to stigmatise this group. As such, they will not be required to get cards signed by teachers.- SCC is also keen to avoid conflict between tutors and tutees. As such, payment will be authorised by Ms Kamal based on ePortal records. Note: Policy approved in principle by Governors 19/7/11.Bursary Fund - SCC policy 2011/12
EMA in 2010/2011
Year 13s who received EMA in 2010/2011:

    Those in receipt of 30 in 2011/2012 will receive 20 EMA. Those in receipt of 10/20 in 2011/2012 will receive no EMA.

Those starting year 12 again will not receive EMA.
Bursary 2011/2012
Overall policy
    The two groups that will receive funding will be vulnerable groups (see 'vulnerable groups' section below) and those in receipt of FSM in KS5. Student will be encouraged to apply for FSM when they enrol. These two groups will be identified at the October SLASC count. No payments will be made before the October SLASC count. The school reserves the right to make discretionary additional payments, as required. The finance department will administer the bursary scheme. All payments will be made by cheque. (The school only uses Bacs for payroll, and we do not want to keep excessive amounts of cash on site.) 95% attendance to lessons is required. Ms Kamal to escalate any queries to Ms Floyd.

1. Vulnerable groups
'This includes young people in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support, and disabled young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.'

These students have to be paid a bursary of 1,200 a year, although this payment can be made 'in kind'. 'In kind' means that these students will not necessarily receive cash payments, but could receive educational material (books etc.), educational trips or other support, which will be duly costed against this bursary.
SCC policy:
    These students will be paid weekly. SCC is keen not to stigmatise this group. As such, they will not be required to get cards signed by teachers. SCC is also keen to avoid conflict between tutors and tutees. As such, payment will be authorised by Ms Kamal based on ePortal records.

2. FSM

'Other students who need financial support to help them to stay in education or training may also be able to claim a bursary to help with costs of... food, equipment or other course-related costs.'
SCC policy:
    These students will be paid every half term. The amount will depend on number of students who fall under the 'vulnerable groups' category, and the number of students in receipt of FSM at the time of the October SLASC count. SCC is keen not to stigmatise this group. As such, they will not be required to get cards signed by teachers. SCC is also keen to avoid conflict between tutors and tutees. As such, payment will be authorised by Ms Kamal based on ePortal records.

Note: Policy approved in principle by Governors 19/7/11.

Future opportunities

Excellent preapration for almost any degree due to its broad skills base (numeracy, literacy, data handling, cognitive work, research skills etc). Alternatively it provides a route in to a wide range of careers including PR, marketing, journalism, accountancy etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southfields Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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