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Geography at Calder High School

Course description

As a highly dynamic and academic subject Geography demands people who are keen to find out how they interact with the world in which they live. The syllabus offers students a revitalised perspective on Geography.

The Programme of Study we have planned looks at contemporary real-life issues in world Geography. The problem solving approach forms the basis of disciplined and balanced enquiry. You will be encouraged to make informed decisions and are made aware of the need to justify choices. This challenging course makes significant demands on you but we will equip you with the skills necessary for success in higher education and the world of work. Through presentations, group work, class discussion, residential and day field work we plan to meet the needs of this demanding, but rewarding course.

At AS, you will study core human and physical geography. In each area of study you will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider your own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support your learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. You will also develop a variety of geographical skills, which will broaden and deepen existing knowledge and be employed with a greater degree of independence.

At A2, all candidates will study core human and physical geography. In each area of study candidates will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Candidates will also develop a variety of geographical and evaluation skills, which will broaden and deepen existing knowledge and be employed with a greater degree of independence.

 

Course content

AS

Unit 1 – Physical and Human Geography (70% of AS/ 35% of A2)

4 topics studied – Rivers, Floods and Management, Coastal Environments, Population Change and Health.

Combination of 2 hour data response short exam questions and longer guided essay questions.

Unit 2 – Geographical Skills (30% of AS/ 15% of A2)

2 topics studied based on human and physical geography with a 1 hour examination including resource booklet. This involves questions involving physical or human aspects of geography and fieldwork investigation based on fieldwork completed at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre in Cumbria.

A2

Unit 3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues (30% of A2)

Topics from a range of physical and human options to include four of plate tectonics and associated hazards, weather and climate and associated hazards, challenges facing ecosystems, world cities, development and globalisation. Written 2 hour and 30 minute paper of short and extended questions and an essay.

Unit 4 – Geography Fieldwork Investigation/ Evaluation (20% of A2)

Structured short and extended questions based on an advanced information booklet issued by AQA.

Entry requirements

Ideally C or above in Geography

Well – motivated individual with an interest in Geography around us

Future opportunities

Higher Education

Geography courses

Courses in environmental science

Development studies

Education

Employment

Teaching

Marketing and financial services

Environmental Agencies

Town or transport planning

Travel and Tourism

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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