A Level Geography at Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS
Brief Outline This course will give you a broad understanding of the human and physical world as well as an opportunity to specialise in a handful of geographical topics. You will also be able to get involved in hands-on practical fieldwork in both years and gain skills which are complemented by, and enhance, those gained through the study of other subjects which makes Geography A Level a very desirable qualification.
The topics that are taught on the first year (AS) course are: 1. Rivers, Flooding and Management. 2. Population Change. 3. Energy Issues. 4. Coastal Environments. The topics that are taught on the second year (A2) course are: 5. Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards. 6. World Cities. 7. Weather and Climate and Associated Hazards.
Minimum entry requirements are in line with the School’s admission policy, but at least a grade C in GCSE Maths and English is recommended. GCSE Geography is not essential but desirable.
At the end of year one (AS Award): Physical and Human Geography exam (2 hours, 70% AS / 35% of A Level), Geographical Skills exam (1 hour, 30% AS / 15% of A Level). End of year two (A Level Award): Contemporary Geographical Issues exam (2 ½ hours, 30% of A Level), Local Fieldwork Investigation exam (1 ½ hours, 20% of A Level).
Higher Education Opportunities Geography is a very popular choice for students at university and is a subject that is possible to study as part of a combined studies degree in many universities. Job prospects Many and various! The key thing to understand is that the geographical knowledge that will be gained is useful for many career paths but the critical thinking skills, data management and presentation skills are also very transferable.
You can download the specification for this course and sample assessment material (past exam papers) from www.aqa.org.uk. The Royal Geographical Society (www.rgs.org) also has a useful student section on their website to look at careers in geography and how it can be useful to you now and in the future. Complementary subjects at A Level Physics, Chemistry, History, Maths, and Business IT although Geography is a very multi-disciplinary subject and is complemented by most subjects to some degree.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS directly.