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Geography A Level 3 at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

Skills that will be developed:

Relevant geographical knowledge

Data handling and fieldwork techniques

Literacy

Personal skills

A balanced and informed understanding of the changing world you live in

 

What will you learn?

Provisional outline of Edexcel geography A Level to be studied from September 2016

Paper 1  Physical Geography (30%)

Includes the following topics

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Climate Change Futures

 

Paper 2 Human Geography (30%)

Includes the following topics

  • Globalisation
  • Shaping Places
  • Superpowers
  • Global Development and Connections

 

Paper 3 A Synoptic Examination (20%)

Bring together a variety of the topics above with a focus on:

 

  • Players
  • Attitudes and actions
  • Futures and uncertainties

 

Coursework: Independent Investigation (20%)

 

  • The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • The student will produce a written report of 3000–4000 words.

 

Enrichment:
There will be fieldwork opportunities on this course. There is a regular field trip to Barce­lona which is an important part of the course. There is also an opportunity for individual study on a topic on which you have some choice.

Entry Requirements:
You must achieve a grade 6 or higher at GCSE in this sub­ject. If the subject is not offered at GCSE then a grade 6 in a GCSE Humanities subject is required. Additionally, please note there will be an additional cost involved in order to attend the Barcelona Field trip..

What happens when you have finished?

What other learning could you do: You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Travel and Tourism or Health and Social Care, to prepare for Higher Education in areas of geogra­phy, humanities, science or more general Higher Education courses.

With further training, you could go on to a job related to geography and work as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster.

The course also helps you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many em­ployers across lots of industries are looking for.

 

Entry requirements

You must achieve a grade 6 or higher at GCSE in this sub­ject. If the subject is not offered at GCSE then a grade 6 in a GCSE Humanities subject is required. Additionally, please note there will be an additional cost involved in order to attend the Barcelona Field trip.

Financial information

There will be a charge for trips and visits.

Future opportunities

Degree courses include Human Geography (BA), Physical Geography (BSc), Geology, Environmental Science Leisure and Tourism. Careers for Geographers fall into a very wide range of areas including Environmental Services, the Scientific Civil Service, Cartography, Surveying and planning, Teaching and the tourist industry. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Travel and Tourism or Health and Social Care, to prepare for higher education in areas of geography, humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go on to a job related to geography and work as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. The course also helps you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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