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Geography A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

Component 1(Paper code: 9GE0/01) and Component 2 (9GEO/02):
- Each component is worth 30% of the A Level qualification.
- Each assessment is 2 hours and 15 minutes.
- Each assessment is out of 105 marks.
- The papers may include short open response questions, calculations and resource-linked questions.
- The examination includes 10 and 15 mark extended writing questions where reference to case studies will be required.
- Calculators may be used in the examination.

Areas of study Paper 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards; Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – including Coastal Landscapes and Change. The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity; The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security.

Areas of study Paper 2: Globalisation; Regenerating Places; Superpowers; Global Development and Connections topics from which students choose Health, Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

Component 3: (9GE03)
- 20% of the A Level qualification
- The assessment is 2 hours and 15 minutes
- The assessment is out of 70 marks.
- The assessment consists of three sections and students must answer all questions. - The paper may include open response, calculations and resource-linked questions.
- The examination includes 4, 6, 8, 12, 18 and 24 mark extended writing questions.
- Calculators may be used in the examination
This exam paper will present a synoptic assessment of geographical skills, knowledge and understanding (within a place-based context) from compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course.

Component 4: Individual Investigation (coursework): 20% of the overall A Level. The investigation report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing. Students will be expected to show evidence that they have used both quantitative and qualitative data to support their independent investigation as appropriate to the particular environment and / or location. Students will submit a 3000-4000 word report. This will be linked to the residential fieldwork programme, conducted in the Summer Term of Year 12.

Future opportunities

Geography is the only subject that is both a science and a humanities based subject. This means that a wide variety of skills are developed applicable to the majority of working environments and careers. Geography graduates have consistently been among the most employable graduates due to this. Many students from Wanstead High School go on to complete geography degrees at university and as a result of the multi-skilled nature of the subject; it is a useful A Level to study even if university is not your intention. Geographers have many assets enabling you to enter a wide variety of careers; many geographers go on to work in finance, management, marketing, research, industry, journalism, tourism/leisure and environment studies. The skills you will have acquired and practised during your years of studying geography will mean that you have much to offer an employer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wanstead High School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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