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Geography at Gunnersbury Catholic School

Course description

Geography is the study of the world and current issues. Geography investigates people and their character. We look at both physical and human environments. We develop our knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues at local, national, and global scales. It involves gathering primary and secondary data in the form of fieldwork and practical exercises.

You should consider Geography because you:

  • Have an interest in and concern for the environment
  • Are interested in current affairs
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to your own lives and experience
  • Want the opportunity to carry out practical work outdoors as well as classwork
  • Want to broaden your AS or A2 studies to cover both science and humanities
  • Enjoy travel and finding out about new people, places landscapes and events
  • Want to keep your options open - Geography AS or A2 is an appropriate
  • qualification for a very wide range of higher education or career choices.

As well as covering specific Geographical skills this course will enable you to develop some Key Skills, which will be essential to you whatever you go on to do afterwards. The Key Skills you can develop during this course are:

Communication, Application of number, Information Technology, Problem solving, Working with others, Improving own learning and performance.

Course content

AS UNIT 1
Global Challenges

AS UNIT 2
Geographical Investigations

A2 UNIT 3
Contested Planet

A2 UNIT 4
Geographical Research

You will try to answer the following questions:

  • What are the forces influencing our natural environment?
  • What are the main types of physical risks facing the world and how big a threat are they?
  • Why, as places and societies become more interconnected, do some places show extreme wealth and poverty?
  • How are people affecting the environment we all live in
  • What are the economic forces that drive the world economy, and how are they changing?

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C or better PLUS grade B in GCSE Geography.

Assessment

AS UNIT 1 - GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Structured short and extended questions in one and half hour exam (60% of AS marks; 30% total A-level marks

AS UNIT 2 - GEOGRAPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS
Structured short and extended questions based on two fieldwork topics in one hour exam (40% of AS; 20% A-level marks)_

A2 UNIT 3 - CONTESTED PLANET
Structured extended questions on 6 topics plus a synoptic section in 2 hour exam (30% of A level mark)

A2 UNIT 4 - GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH
Structured short and extended questions based on one optional research project in 1 hour exam (20% of A level mark)

Future opportunities

Students with A-level Geography qualifications have access to a wide variety of higher education and career opportunities. Transferable skills learned during the course such as collecting, identifying and analysing data are in great demand and recognised by employers and universities. The subject combines well with almost all AS and A2 leading to many possible careers including Law, Management, Financial Trading, Travel and Tourism, Environmental Planning, and Journalism.

Further information

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

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gunnersbury Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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