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Geography A level at Wadham School

Course description

Geography is challenging, visual, pacey, fun, interesting and ever-changing.

The subject involves being able to work alone as well as being part of a team, writing essays, gathering data in the field and using up-to-date ICT.

Entry requirements

Your 5 A*-C passes at GCSE should include Geography, Science, English Language and Maths.

Assessment

Exam Board – Edexcel

Assessment Year 12

The examinations in Year 12 and Year 13 may include multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and resource-linked questions.

Paper One (90minutes) 50% of qualification: An externally-assessed written examination. Tectonic Processes and Hazards; Coastal Landscapes and Change.

Paper Two (90minutes) 50% of qualification: An externally-assessed written examination. Globalisation. EITHER Regenerating Places OR Diverse Places.

Assessment Year 13

Paper One (2hours) 30% of qualification: An externally assessed written examination Tectonic Processes and Hazards; The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity; The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security; Coastal Landscapes and Change.

Paper Two (2hours) 30% of qualification: An externally assessed written examination Globalisation; Superpowers; Regenerating Places and Diverse Places; Migration, Identity and Sovereignty OR Health, Human Rights and Intervention.

Paper Three (1hr 45mins) 20% of qualification: An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections. A resource booklet will contain information about the geographical issue. Students draw synoptically on knowledge and understanding from compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course.

Coursework: Independent Investigation (20% of qualification) 60marks. The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated. This will be a written report of 3000–4000 words.

Future opportunities

Geography provides a wide and varied base from which to proceed to University or many practical professions. It can be successfully partnered with both arts and science subjects as a foundation for higher education. Geographers offer acquire a wide range of transferable skills. A qualification in Geography can lead to professions such as volcanologist, events management, teaching, meteorologist, disaster management, humanitarian aid or a career in the military.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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