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Geography A level at Gosford Hill School

Course description

Geography A Level develops students understanding of physical processes, human development and the complex interaction of the two, allowing them to come to an holistic appreciation of geographical issues today. Candidates are required to demonstrate their ability to: show knowledge, critical understanding of the content, apply knowledge and critical understanding to unfamiliar contexts; select and use a variety of skills and techniques including communication skills appropriate to geographical studies.

Course content

Year 12

MODULE 1 - Core Concepts in Physical Geography

  • Water on Land , Coasts Processes and Problems

MODULE 2 - Core Concepts in Human Geography

  • Population Dynamics and Geography of Health

MODULE 3 - Geographical Skills

  • Candidates are required to develop geographical skills, application, appropriateness and limitations of different skills

Year 13

MODULE 4

  • Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards
  • Ecosystems : Change and Challenge

MODULE 5

  • Managing Cities Challenges and Issues
  • Globalisation

MODULE 7

  • Fieldwork Investigation

Entry requirements

It is not a prerequisite that you have studied Geography at GCSE, but if the GCSE was completed the pass would need to be at least a C grade.

Assessment

In AS level there are 2 exams:

  • Units 1 and 2: 2 hour examination
  • Unit 3: 1 hour examination. This unit assesses geographical skills, based on the field study completed earlier in the year.

In A2 level there are 2 exams:

  • Units 4 and 5: 2 and half hour examination:
  • Unit 7 : 90 minute examination This unit assesses geographical skills, based on the field visit completed earlier in the year.

Financial information

There are 2 residential trips; one in AS and one in A2. They are approximately £200 each and are vital for students to complete their Unit 3 or Unit 6 papers. These currently take place in Dorset. Students who study Biology AS level also attend the same field visit.

Future opportunities

Students who study Geography at A Level can go on to study anything at university. Degrees related to geography include town planning, geology, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, international relations or meteorology. Every year at least one of the A Level students on the course has gone on to follow Geography at university. Last year one student achieved an A* grade, with 100% on one exam paper.

Subsequent careers can include working for the Environment Agency, for charities and development agencies, for environmental engineering companies, meteorology, teaching, local council planning and the Civil Service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gosford Hill School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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