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Geography AS and A Level at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy

Course description

This is  a topical and up to date course in which you learn about  the Earth’s peoples,   environments and societies. It helps you to gain a deeper understanding of an  increasingly changing world and develop a practical academic skills base. Geography  is unique in combining the social sciences (Human  Geography) and the  earth sciences (Physical Geography). Geography puts this understanding within the context of real locations.

Course content

You will begin two courses in September: a one year AS Level and a two year A level. The two courses are co-teachable because what you learn in preparation for the AS examinations can also be used in the A level examinations at the end of Year 13.

AS Level
This qualification is a one year linear course. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the AS year.

Component 1: Physical geography and people and the environment
• Water and carbon cycles and Hazards
• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS)

Component 2: Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation
•Global systems and global governance
• Geography  fieldwork  investigation  and  geographical  skills. Fieldwork  skills will  be  developed  and  data  collected  through  a  residential  field  studies trip.
• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS)

A Level
This qualification is a two year linear course. Linear means that  students  will  sit  all  their  exams  and  submit  all  their  non-exam assessment at the end of the course.
Component 1: Physical geography
• Water and carbon cycles, Coastal systems and landscapes and Hazards.
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A-level

Component 2: Human geography
• Global   systems   and   global   governance, Changing places and Population and the environment.
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A-level) Component 3: Geographical investigation
• You will be asked to complete an individual investigation (3000 – 4000 words) which will be based on a question or  issue  developed  by  you  and  data  that  you  collect  in  the  field.  (20%  of  A-level).  Fieldwork  skills  will  be  developed and  data  collected  through  a  residential field studies trip.

Entry requirements

GCSE Geography Grade B.

Future opportunities

Geography is the ultimate option subject. It is diverse yet rigorous  and  academic whilst  also  developing  valuable  practical skills. It is respected by universities and employers as a good measure of applied skill and knowledge. A Level  geographers often opt to continue studies at University or specialise further e.g. Urban planning/ Earth sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ripley St Thomas CE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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