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AS/A2 Geography at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. Students undertaking a Geography A Level will study a range of contemporary issues which are relevant to our changing world today such as: global hazards, climate change, globalisation, sustainable development, migration, environmental degradation, water conflicts, superpowers, technology, energy security and social inequality. 

 “You can travel the seas, poles, and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about geography. I can’t imagine a subject more relevant. It is the subject that holds the key to our future.” Michael Palin.

Course content

Every student will enjoy the varied activities in lessons. Activities are a mixture of independent and co-operative tasks.  Group work is important, as are debates, presentatations, field work investigations and individual research.  Students receive examination guidance by regularly completing practie exam questions and using the comprehensive guides designed by departmental staff.

Students will enjoy a variety of activities in lessons. There is a mixture of independent and co-operative tasks.  Group work is important, as are debates, presentations, field work investigations and individual research.  Students receive examination guidance by regularly completing practice exam questions. Edexcel’s GCE Geography includes global issues that are relevant to students today. It also provides an excellent progression from a GCSE in Geography, with brand new topics to stretch and inspire.

AS (Year 12) topics:

In Year 12 students will investigate the headline global challenges of the 21st Century – Climate Change, natural hazards, globalisation, population and migration. What is the meaning, cause, impact and management of each challenge?

Crowded Coasts – representing 10% of inhabited land space yet accommodating 60% of the world’s population. What is the impact of this? Fieldwork will focus on the Mid-Wales coast.

Rebranding Places – why is it necessary? How well does it work? Investigating both flagship projects such as London 2012 and community schemes.

 

A2 (Year 13) topics:

In Unit 3 (Contested Planet), students will investigate how world population growth is putting ever-increasing pressure on the planet’s limited resources. Energy security, water conflicts, threats to biodiversity and the development gap are all studied. The role of superpowers and technology are considered.

In Unit 4 (Geographical Research), students study tectonic activity and hazards. 

 

Entry requirements

A Grade C at GCSE in Maths, English and Science.

 

Assessment

As (Year 12) Units

 

Unit 1 (Global Challenges) is assessed by a 1 hour and 30 minutes long written examination. It is worth 60% of the As level or 30 % of the overall A level.

 

Unit 2 (Geographical Investigations) is assessed by a 1 hour and 15 minutes written examination. It is worth 40% of the As level or 20% of the overall A level.

 

A2 (Year 13) Units

 

Unit 3 (Contested Planet) is assessed by a 2 hour and 30 minutes long written examination. Part B of the exam includes pre-released material. It is worth 60% of the A2 level or 30 % of the overall A level.

 

Unit 4 (Geographical Research) is assessed by a 1 hour and 30 minutes long written examination. There is research focus material which is pre-released. It is worth 40% of the A2 level or 20% of the overall A level.

Future opportunities

Geography is a highly regarded academic subject. With the breadth of knowledge and transferable skills that are gained by studying geography, it is one of the most relevant subjects you could choose to study and is very highly regarded by employers and universities. An A Level in Geography is recognised for its' academic "robustness" and, most importantly, it also helps young people into the work of work and into careers that are professionally and financially rewarding and enjoyable. The study of geography is proven to improve literacy, numeracy and communication skills. Geography graduates can choose from a diverse range of careers from law, consultancy and investment banking to environmental management, insurance and town planning. Some A level Geography students go on to study a wide range of other degrees at university from medicine to architecture.

“Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Whatever your passion in the world - whether it be fascination with landscapes, interest in urban development or concerns about social inequality - Geography will provide you with the knowledge, experience and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally" Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society-IBG.

Further information

How can i prepare?

Be prepared to think like a Geographer!

https://www.youtubecom/watch?v=YIPcOSNwVjw

See: "Geography is Changing" you tube video at:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=mUv5kkKvblW or the Geography Matters video at:

http://uk.youtubecom/watch?v=JyhSHDGg-cw

Geographers are going places......!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 28 February 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Patricia Rhodes -Trinity Progress Manager SMW
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 810400
    • Email address:
    • prhodes@sgfl.org.uk

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