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Geography A Level at Wallington High School for Girls

Course description

Geography is one of the most popular A level subjects taken in the UK, and the number of students choosing to study it is increasing year on year. This may be due to the fact that the subject covers a wide variety of topics which appeal to many - from natural hazards to globalisation. It is also one of the few subjects that deals with a range of contemporary and pressing issues that we are currently facing in the world today. Geography at WHSG is a dynamic subject, which helps you to understand the world around us. It provides opportunities to study many local, national and global issues from climate change to migration. It will also offer you the chance to develop your independent thought and valuable skills for the future.

Course content

Area of study 1
Dynamic Landscapes (including Tectonics and Coasts)
Area of study 2
Dynamic Places (including Globalisation and Regenerating Places)
Area of study 3
Physical Systems and Sustainability (including climate change, the water cycle & water insecurities, the carbon cycle and energy security)
Area of study 4
Human Systems and Geopolitics (including superpowers and migration)

Entry requirements

An A grade in GCSE Geography.

Assessment

Paper 1
Exam covering all areas of study relating to physical geography
2 hours, worth 30% of the whole A level
Paper 2
Exam covering all areas of study relating to human geography
2 hours, worth 30% of the whole A level
Paper 3
Exam includes a synoptic investigation linking the three themes (Players, Actions & Attitudes, Futures & Uncertainties) across all areas of study.
1 hour 45mins, worth 20% of the whole A level

The final 20% of the A level is comprised of coursework-an independent investigation. The topic of this is to be confirmed.

Future opportunities

This course links well with most A level subjects – particularly History, Economics, Science, Philosophy and Ethics, as the skills acquired studying geography A level are particularly transferable here. Looking forward to career prospects-Geography graduates are very employable, as the skills, knowledge and understanding gained during a geography degree are held in high regard by many businesses. Geographical data is prized, and it is estimated that 80% of all data now collected has some geographical feature; geographers being best placed to interpret it (rgs.org).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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