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Geography A Level at Gordon's School

Course description

The course is examined at the end of Year 12 and as a whole at end of Year 13.

Year 12 (AS and Year 1 - A Level)

Dynamic landscapes: Exam is 1hr 45mins, 90 marks and 50% of AS course.
Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards.
Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change -
Fieldwork: Physical geography

Dynamic Places: Exam is 1hr 45mins, 90 marks and 50% of AS course.
Topic 3: Globalisation - A
Topic 4: Shaping Places
Fieldwork: Human geography

Year 13 (Year 2 - A Level)

Physical systems and sustainability: Exam is combined with and is 2hrs 15mins, 105 marks and is 30% of the A Level.
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Human systems and geopolitics: Exam is combined with Dynamic places and is 2hrs 15mins, 105 marks and is 30% of the A Level.
Topic 7: Superpowers
Topic 8: Global Development and Connections

Geographical Issues Analysis: A pre-release booklet is provided in order to prepare for a synoptic examination. Exam is 2hrs 15mins, 70 marks and 20% of the A Level.

Coursework - Independent Investigation: A 4000-word fieldwork project using higher level skills. 70 marks and 20% of the A Level.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
AND
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 

Assessment

Paper 1: Dynamic landscapes
50%
An externally-assessed written examination. Students answer sections on Tectonic Processes and Hazards and Coastal Landscapes and Change. The examination may include multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 16-mark extended writing questions. One question will assess fieldwork and each section ends with one 16-mark synoptic question that assesses students’ understanding of one of three synoptic themes and of one of the core geographical concepts.

Paper 2: Dynamic places
50%
An externally-assessed written examination. Students answer sections on Globalisation and Regenerating Places. The examination may include multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 16-mark extended writing questions. One question will assess fieldwork and each section ends with one 16-mark synoptic question that assesses students’ understanding of one of three synoptic themes and of one of the core geographical concepts.

Exam Papers Y13

Paper 1: Dynamic landscapes and Physical systems and sustainability
30%
An externally-assessed written examination. Section A relates to Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards. Section B relates to Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change. Students answer questions on either Topic 2A: Glaciated Landscapes and Change or Topic 2B: Coastal Landscapes and Change. Section C relates to Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity and Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security. The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions.

Paper 2: Dynamic place and Human systems and geopolitics
30%
An externally-assessed written examination. Section A relates to Topics 3 and 7: Globalisation / Superpowers. Section B relates to Topic 4: Shaping Places. Students answer questions on either Topic 4A: Regenerating Places or Topic 4B: Diverse Places. Section C relates to Topic 8: Global Development and Connections. Students answer questions on either Topic 8A: Health, Human Rights and Intervention or Topic 8B: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty. The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions.

Paper 3: Geographical Issues analysis
20%
An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections. A resource booklet will contain information about the geographical issue. Sections A, B and C all draw synoptically on knowledge and understanding from compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course. The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 8-mark, 18-mark and 24-mark extended writing questions.

Coursework: Independent Investigation
20%
The purpose of this coursework is to test students’ skills in independent investigation. Students are required to undertake an independent investigation that involves (but which need not be restricted to) fieldwork. The focus of the investigation must be derived from the specification the student is studying. The guidance for word length is 3000-4000 words.

Further information

WIDER READING

- Geography Review – Phillip Allen magazines
- National Geographic Magazine - National Geographic Society
- Waugh, D (2009): Geography; An integrated Approach, Nelson Thornes
- Any broadsheet national newspaper

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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