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Geography (A Level) at Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form

Course description

Anybody who has an interest in what is happening in the world will enjoy A-Level Geography. Do you have concerns about the environment? Do you enjoy fieldwork and practical learning as geographers often enjoy the outdoors and will be inquisitive?

These are some of the topics we'll cover in Geography A-Level. The course content is divided between physical and human topics and is supported with field trips and extra-curricular university conference visits. We look at the processes that cause change and the impacts of that change on human activity. Interpretation of geographical data and fieldwork are integral parts of the course.

Course content

1. Dynamic Landscapes: tectonic hazards, landscape systems, processes and change. Coastal Landscapes as a fieldtrip.

2. Dynamic Places: globalisation of the world over time. Shaping urban areas through regenerating them as a field trip.

3. Physical System and Sustainability: water insecurity, energy security, life cycles and futures climate change.

4. Human Systems and Geopolitics: superpowers, global development, global health and human rights.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Geography or through discussion with Head of Geography if not studied Geography at GCSE.

Assessment

Paper 1 (30%): Dynamic Landscapes, Physical Systems and Sustainability

Paper 2 (30%): Dynamic Places, Human Systems and Geopolitics

Paper 3 (20%): Synoptic Paper (Players, Attitudes and actions, Futures and uncertainties)

Coursework (20%): the investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated. The student will produce a written report of 3000–4000 words

Future opportunities

Geography graduates are now some of the most employable in the workplace as they have such a wide range of skills including problem solving, decision making, teamwork and communication. Geographers work in diverse areas such as business and finance, environmental management, engineering, medicine, politics and education.

Often our students go on to study Geography or subjects related at university and others also move on to work with companies and charities with a more geopolitical view.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017

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