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Geography A Level at Ponteland Community High School

Course description


Students who:

Have an interest in their world and the major physical and human processes that affect it and have a concern for the future

Are prepared to work hard and ‘get involved’

Course content

Geography comprises physical and human geography.

Unit 1 - Physical Geography covers : Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Landscape Systems, Processes and Change, The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Unit 2 - Human Geography covers: Globalisation, Shaping Places , Superpowers Global Development and Connections

Unit 3 – Synoptic Unit The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas: Players; Attitudes and actions; Futures and uncertainties. The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place - based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

Unit 4 – Independent Investigation The student defines a question or issue for investigation , relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data. The student will produce a written report of 3000 – 4000 words.

Entry requirements

C (higher paper) in geography


Unit 1 - Physical Geography (2 hr 15 min ; 30% of A Level)

Unit 2 - Human Geography (2 hr 15 min ; 30 % of A Level)

Unit 3 - Contemporary Geographical Issues (2 hr 15 min ; 20% of total A level)

Unit 4 – Independent Investigation ( 20% of total A level)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2016

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