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Geography AS & A Level at Banbury Academy

Course description

The Edexcel specification offers an issues‐based approach to studying geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change. The course content gives students the opportunity to develop an in‐depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners.

Entry requirements

English Language at grade B and above, and Geography at grade C and above if studied at GCSE level (or equivalent GCSE)

Assessment

Area of Study 1‐ Dynamic Landscapes
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
50% of the qualification
80 marks

Content overview

  • Area of study 1 Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Area of study 1 Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change –2.1 Glaciated Landscapes and Change & 2.2 Coastal Landscapes and Change.

Assessment overview

An externally‐assessed written examination comprising three sections. Students answer Section A and either Section B or Section C.

  • Section A: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Section B: Glaciated Landscapes and Change
  • Section C: Coastal Landscapes and Change

The examination may include multiple‐choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and resource‐linked questions.  

Area of Study 2‐ Dynamic Places
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
50% of the qualification
80 marks

Content overview

  • Area of study 2 Topic 3: Globalisation
  • Area of study 2 Topic 4: Shaping Places –4.1 Regenerating Places & 4.2 Diverse Places

Assessment overview

An externally‐assessed written examination comprising three sections. Students answer Section A and either Section B or Section C.

  • Section A: Globalisation
  • Section B: Regenerating Places
  • Section C: Diverse Places

The examination may include multiple‐choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and resource‐linked questions.

AS students must complete a minimum of two days of fieldwork. Fieldwork must be carried out in relation to physical and human geography, and will be externally assessed in both AS Paper 1 and AS Paper 2. Students will answer one fieldwork question in each examination.

At post‐16 we follow the sixth form mentoring programme and provide interim assessments where improvement targets are set. All students are given written and verbal feedback throughout the course and at the end of each Unit of work.

Future opportunities

Geography graduates tend to be fairly open‐minded and interested in the world around them. Like many social science courses, geography tends to attract balanced, sociable individuals. There are a broad range of careers open to a geography graduate. You could do anything from working in the war room of a royal navy vessel, to working with the environment agency, running housing schemes, or working almost anywhere is the public sector. With further qualifications or training, you could also teach geography, do urban design or town planning, or become a chartered surveyor. Other options include:

  • geological assistant
  • development analyst
  • country or rural planner
  • environmental consultant
  • cartographer
  • recycling manager
  • weather analyst
  • park ranger
  • travel agent
  • soil conservationist
  • landscape architect
  • water/land manager
  • tourism

In the last few years some of our students went on to do degrees in Development Geography at Bath Spa, Marine & Freshwater Biology at Hull, and Geography at Southampton, Swansea and Birmingham.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Banbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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