GEOGRAPHY AS/A LEVEL at Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College)
We live in a world of amazing beauty, infinite complexity and rigorous challenge. Geography is the subject which opens the door to this dynamic world and prepares each one of us for the role of global citizen in the 21st century. The course is issue-based, which focuses on people-environment interactions with units on both physical and human geography. Emphasis is placed on enquiry-based learning, and builds on skills such as the formulation of effective questions, investigative fieldwork and the ability to think critically and creatively about the complexities of, and different views and feelings relating to, people and places.
Subject Content & Assessment
Component 1: Physical Geography
This unit looks at the physical processes in Geography and is examined through multiple choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose questions.
Section A: Water and carbon cycles
Section B: either Hot desert environments and their margins or Coastal systems and landscapes
Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress or Cold environments
Component 2: Human Geography
This unit looks at the human processes in Geography and is examined through multiple choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose questions.
Section A: Global systems and global governance
Section B: Changing places
Section C: either Contempoary urban environments or Population and the environment or
Component 3: Geographical investigation
Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The
individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the
student relating to any part of the specification content. The report should be 3,00-4,00 words in length.
Component 1 - 40% (2hr 30 min) Component 2– 40% (2hr 30min)
Component 3- 20%
B in GCSE Geography
C in GCSE Geography for committed students
Good Literacy skills are required combined with a lively and enquiring mind, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively
Students handle all types of data from published statistics to information collected during fieldwork. You will learn graphical and statistical methods to present and analyse the data. The use of the computer is encouraged. There are opportunities for class discussion, research and decision making in addition to formal note taking. There will be local field trips (max. £10) incorporated into the unit of work. There will be a residential fieldtrip in the UK for students. The course will enable students to develop transferable geographical skills and may of the Key Skills that will be essential to whatever post 18 courses/careers are pursued. The key skills that students can develop during this course are, Communication, Application of Number, Information Technology, Problem Solving, Working with Others, Improving own Learning and Performance
There will be local field trips (max. £10) incorporated into the un it of work, and an optional week’s residential field trip overseas. There will also be a residential fieldtrip in the UK for students who opt out of the overseas residential. The course will enable students to develop transferable geographical skills and may of the Key Skills that will be essential to whatever post 18 courses/careers are pursued.
Students with AS/A level Geography have access to a wide range of possible careers and Higher Education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include collection, analysing and interpreting data, communication your findings in different ways and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers and Universities and Colleges as being of great value. Geography combines very well with almost all other AS/A level subjects. Taken with sciences and maths Geography supports applications for almost any science-based university course such as Engineering, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography, Cartography and Meteorology, Surveying and Geology. Taken with Humanities like English, French, History or Economics, Geography supports an equally wide range of university courses such as Town Planning, Travel and Tourism, Business, Law, Media, Politics and Philosophy.
In recent years A level Geography students form Beacon have gone to University including Cambridge to follow degree courses in Geography with Oceanography, Geography and African Studies, Environmental Geography, Environmental Geology and Town Planning.
Other students choose to use their qualifications to go straight into employment. This is because A1/A2 Geography develops their Key Skills and transferable skills that employers seek; they can lead to a wide range of employment opportunities
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College) directly.