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Geography - A Level at Canon Slade CofE School

Course description

“Where we come from, what we do, what we eat, how we move about and how we shape our future are all directly the province of the geographer. More than ever we need the geographer’s skills and foresight to help us learn about the planet — how we use it and how we abuse it.” – Michael Palin

The OCR A Level in Geography has been designed to give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become engaged global citizens. Through the study of dynamic and contemporary content, learners can understand and interact with issues which affect people and places at a range of scales from local to global – and all that is in-between.

Geography will encourage you to develop a sense of wonder about the world. Geography is potentially the most relevant subject for any learner in the 21st century and the OCR A Level in Geography aims to drive a passion and love of this dynamic subject through its exciting and engaging content.

Course content

• Physical systems (01) – learners will develop an understanding and appreciation of Landscape Systems, contextualised through coastal landscapes and Earth’s Life Support Systems, which encompasses the water and carbon cycles vital to our planet.

• Human interactions (02) – learners will explore human interactions through the study of Global Connections, focusing on the systems of migration and the governance of human rights on a global scale, and Changing Spaces; Making Places, which gives learners an insight into the nature of places and the fluidity of their meanings and representations.

• Geographical debates (03) – learners will explore in depth Natural Hazards and Disease Dilemmas which are two of the most challenging dynamic and fascinating issues of the 21st century.

• Investigative geography (04/05) – the Investigative geography component allows learners to undertake an independent investigation linked to any aspect of the specification to satisfy their intellectual curiosity. This component is designed to encourage learners to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their chosen topic whilst developing a number of geographical and study skills relevant to Higher Education or within the world of work.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English and Mathematics plus 3 A*-C grades at GCSE with a points score of 5.5+ (which equals roughly 4xB/6 and 4xC/5), from the top 8 GCSEs taken in the first sitting.

Additional Subject requirements are as follows:

Grade C in Geography

Assessment

01 Physical Systems – 24% of the A Level

02 Human Interactions - 24% of the A Level

03 Geographical Debates – 32% of the A Level

04 Independent Investigation – 20% of the A Level

Future opportunities

Geography can lead to specific careers but it also provides an excellent general education and Geography graduates are in demand because their subject involves the acquisition of so many different skills.

Further information

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

For more information about this course contact us directly on 01204 333343

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2016
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