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Geography (A Level) at Wath Comprehensive School: A Language College

Course description

Geography at A Level builds on the foundations of Geography at GCSE to challenge perceptions and stimulate investigative and analytical skills.  The units of traditional Geography are joined by new contemporary topics that reflect the world around us today.  The course has a good balance of Physical and Human Geography topics and provides an opportunity to develop your own investigation.  There are 4 days of compulsory fieldwork which currently includes a residential to North Yorkshire.  The course will contribute to the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm sought by higher education and employers.  It is a qualification highly regarded by Russell Group universities.

Course content

Component 1: Physical Geography

What's assessed?

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes

Section C: Hazards

How it's assessed

Written examination of 2 hours 30 minutes

96 marks

40% of A Level

Component 2: Human Geography

What's assessed?

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places

Section C: Contemporary urban environments

How it's assessed

Written examination of 2 hours 30 minutes

96 marks

40% of A Level

Component 3: Geographical Investigation

What's assessed?

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field.  The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

How it's assessed

3,000–4,000 words

35 marks

20% of A Level

Marked internally

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Travel and Tourism or Health and Social Care, to prepare for higher education in areas of geography, humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go on to a job related to geography and work as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. The course also helps you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 16 July 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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