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Geography A Level at Dartford Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Geography: Pearson

Geography will allow you to investigate how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. A level Geography is highly valued by universities as an A level choice as it forms one of the facilitating subjects. It is a highly relevant course that is perfect fo those that want to combine arts and sciences and it is intended to create a dynamic and well-rounded student who is fully prepared for future choices.

Paper 1: Physical Geography

Students will study the following four units: tectonic processes and hazards, coastal landscapes and change, the water cycle and water insecurity and the carbon cycle and energy insecurity.

Paper 2: Human Geography

Students will study the following four units: globalisation, regenerating places, superpowers and either health, human rights and intervention or migration, identity and sovereignty.

Paper 3: Synoptic Investigation

Students will be given a resource booklet about a geographical issue linked to their studies.  They will need to draw on all their knowledge from across the course to aid them in answering around the topic in question

Paper 4: Geographical Investigation

Each student will carry out an individual investigation relating to an area of the course.  They will carry out fieldwork and research around the investigation and write this up as a written report (3000-4000 words).  This is internally assessed.  It is compulsory to carry out fieldwork over at least 4 days of the course.

Two teachers will teach the units to all students, but specialise
in Human and Physical Geography. There is an expectation of
independent learning through maintaining a reading log and keeping
abreast of current global issues to support learning.


Entry requirements

Grade 6 (B) in GCSE Geography or English Language


Paper 1: 2 hours 15 minutes written paper (worth 30% of the A Level)

Paper 2: 2 hours 15 minutes written paper (worth 30% of the A Level)

Paper 3: 2 hours 15 minutes written paper (worth 20% of the A Level)

Paper 4: 3000-4000 word investigation (worth 20% of the A Level)


Future opportunities

Geography supports applications for any Science based courses or courses in Geography, Environmental Studies, Business, Law, Media, Politics, Philosophy, Leisure and Tourism, Earth Science or similar.

A very popular subject with employers due to the flexible and
diverse learning skills associated with it. Specific career fields may
include teaching, business, law, accountancy, journalism, planning,
leisure and tourism, environmental work and government linked
jobs in addition to many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2017
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