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Geography A Level at St Angela's Ursuline School

Course description

There has never been a more important or valuable time to study geography. We are living in an age where we face unprecedented change to our physical and geo-political climate, with issues such as unsustainable population growth, resource depletion, climate change and migration dominating our media and politics. The A level geography curriculum enables students to study the world, its issues and their individual place in this ever changing environment. Geographers are expert researchers, data analysts and decision makers. They can use tools such as GIS to turn maps from a two-dimensional representation of a country’s physical contours into a tool that illustrates social attributes or attitudes: not just where people live, but how, what they think and how they vote. They understand the physics of climate change, the interaction between weather events and flood risk and the way that people’s behaviour is influenced by the space around them. Taken together, this makes for a multidisciplinary subject which is not just interesting, but also extremely employable. It is therefore perhaps unsurprising that geography has seen the largest growth in uptake of any of the major subjects and why according to the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, only 5.8% of geography graduates were still job-hunting six months after they graduated, against an average of 7.3%.

Course content

AS OUTLINE

Unit 1: Physical Geography and people and the environment
- Hazards;
- Coastal systems and landscapes;

Unit 2: Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation
- Changing places;
- Geographical fieldwork investigation;

A2 OUTLINE
Unit 1: Physical Geography
- Water and Carbon Cycles;
- Hazards;
- Coastal systems and landscapes;

Unit 2: Human Geography
- Global systems and governance;
- Changing places;
- Population

Unit 3: Geography fieldwork investigation
An individual investigation including data collected in the field. Must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification.

Entry requirements

You should have a grade B in GCSE Geography. We would also advise a grade B in English and Mathematics given the highly literate and numerate nature of the subject.

Assessment

AS at a glance

Unit 1: Physical Geography and people and the environment - 1 ½ hour exam, 50% of AS

Unit 2: Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation - 1 ½ hour exam, 50% of AS

A2 at a glance
Unit 1: Physical Geography - 2 ½ hour exam, 40% of A2
Unit 2: Human Geography - 2 ½ hour exam, 40% of A2
Unit 3: Geography fieldwork investigation – 3000 - 4000 word report, 20% of A2

Future opportunities

Geography is an excellent complement to many other A Level subjects particularly Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Sociology, Economics, Politics, English; ICT and History. The wide variety of skills and knowledge that you will acquire make it a basis for many university courses and careers. Past students that have completed Geography A Level have gone on to study Geography, Geology, Law, Medicine, Architecture and Teaching at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Angela's Ursuline School directly.

Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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