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Geography A Level at Aylesbury Grammar School

Course description

Geography is a subject whose importance on the world stage has risen enormously as the recognition that the earth’s resources cannot continue to be exhausted unsustainably. With increasing global awareness of environmental impact and social inequality, Geography is an ideal subject to help people learn about finding the right balance between development and environmental and social disaster. With Geography sitting between economic, historical and scientific subjects it is perfectly placed to offer the broad approach required to find the solutions to the world’s problems.

Students will be undertaking the new AQA A Level, which is an inspiring syllabus approaching Geography in a very contemporary manner. The course is structured to allow AS Level candidates to acquire a broad knowledge of the natural and human environments, while the A2 course provides a greater depth in a range of human and physical topics.

The new course features physical and human units in the AS and A2 years as well as a skills/fieldwork unit in both years. This means students will need to undertake fieldwork but they will be assessed by examination and not by coursework.

Course content

AQA AS Geography (Year 12)

Unit 1 (GEOG1) – 35% of total A Level Physical and Human Geography Including one compulsory physical topic: Rivers, floods and management and one optional module from the following topics: Cold Environments Coastal Environments Hot Deserts Environments Also including one compulsory human topic: Global Population Change and one optional module from the following topics: Food Supply Issues Energy Issues Health Issues

Unit 2 (GEOG2) – 15% of the total A Level Applied Geography (Skills & Fieldwork) Students answer applied skills and fieldwork questions about best practice in fieldwork after completing their own group fieldwork activities. (No coursework).

AQA A2 Geography (Year 13)

Unit 3 (GEOG3) – 30% of the total A Level Contemporary Geographical Issues Students study 3 topics, at least one from the three Physical options: Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards Weather and Climatic Hazards Challenges Facing Ecosystems Students select at least one from the three human topics: World Cities – Evolution or Revolution? Development and Globalisation The Geography of Conflict

Unit 4 (GEOG4A) – 20% of the total A Level Fieldwork Investigation Examination Students answer questions about best practice in fieldwork after completing their own group fieldwork activities. (No coursework).

Entry requirements

To take AS Geography you will require a minimum of a B grade at GCSE Geography and competence in English and Maths is important.

Assessment

Exams and fieldwork.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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