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Geography A Level at Brookfield Community School

Course description

The Advanced GCE in Geography will appeal to you, if:
- You are curious about the world’s places, peoples and environments
- You are interested in local, regional and global issues
- You wish to explore the relationships between human and physical geographical environments
- You like asking questions and finding answers
- You have the ability to think independently

Course content

The world we live in is changing. Geography allows you to see how and why it is changing.

At AS Level you will discover how your own actions can impact on and be affected by the wider world. This includes studying topics such as urban rebranding, coastal management, globalisation, climate change and natural hazards.

At A2 level you will learn how the world’s resources are contested and how global issues such as energy security and the world development gap can create economic and political conflicts. You will also develop practical research and independent learning skills which will prepare you for the world of work or higher education.

Fieldwork can be a great experience and allows you to apply your knowledge and understanding in a practical way. In Year 12, there is an opportunity to undertake a 3 day residential research trip to the Cranedale field studies centre, near to the Holderness coast.

Entry requirements

To study the subject at A Level you will need to have achieved at least a C in Geography on the higher paper at GCSE and will have at least a grade C in GCSE English Language.

Assessment

AS (Year 1) - two units:
Unit 1: Global Challenges
1 hour 30 minutes written examination (30% of overall A Level grade)
Unit 2: Geographical Investigations
1 hour 15 minutes written examination (20% of overall A Level grade)

A2 (Year 2) - two further units:
Unit 3: Contested Planet
2 hours 30 minutes written examination, including questions on the core topics and a synoptic assessment which covers the whole of the course (30% of overall A Level grade)

Unit 4: Geographical Research
1 hour 30 minutes written examination on the optional research module, including a pre-released ‘research focus’ given out 4 weeks in advance (20% of overall A Level grade)

Future opportunities

An A Level in Geography opens doors! Geography is highly regarded by the top universities and is therefore a excellent step towards a wide range of HE courses and/or employment opportunities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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