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Geography A Level at The Knights Templar School

Course description

This course in Geography follows the ‘AQA’ syllabus (maintaining continuity with the GCSE). In Paper 1, there will be four questions, two on Physical Geography (Rivers and Glaciation), and two on Human Geography (Population and Resources). These four topics form the core of the AS work to be covered in year 12.

In addition, there is a compulsory fieldwork element which is examined in Paper 2. To this end, there will be a four day residential field trip to North Lancashire in the October of Year 12, where aspects of the syllabus to be studied include ‘rivers’, ‘glaciation’, ‘renewable energy issues’ and aspects of ‘settlement’.

There will also be a visit to the North Norfolk coast early in the spring term to collect data specifically for this exam. This means there is no coursework element to the syllabus. Fieldwork is always a popular way to grasp a better understanding of these issues and the residential trip in Year 12 is informative, fun and has a real sense of adventure!

At A2, topics covered include Plate Tectonics and Meteorology on the physical side, and World Cities plus Development and Globalisation on the human. These topics are examined by long structure questions and essays in Paper 3. In addition there is an exam based on material which is pre-released in November of their year 13 which could be on any aspect of the syllabus, human or physical. This (Paper 4) exam will be taken in January of their year 13.

The syllabus is an exciting one which combines the comfort of familiarity (but extending deeper into these topics) with the new and the fresh. What a fantastic course!

Entry requirements

AS Level: A Grade ‘B’ in Geography at GCSE in conjunction with the general policy of entry for Year 12 students (5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths). In exceptional circumstances where a pupil was expected to get a grade ‘B’ or above but did not achieve this, we will look at their application and base our decision on other GCSE grades and attitude and academic record during KS4.

A Level: A student must achieve at least a D grade at AS level if they wish to progress onto the A2 elements of the course. In addition, if a student achieves a grade that is 2 or more grades below their target grade (calculated at the start of their Year 12 studies), they will be interviewed by the relevant staff as soon after their AS results as possible.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Knights Templar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 March 2015
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Key information

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