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Geography AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

Lessons will take many different forms with an emphasis on encouraging student led learning, allowing the student to be active in their learning. Fieldwork, research and practical work are all seen as a part of the wider investigation process. They form an intrinsic part of each of these topics and this will be reflected in their assessment by examining various parts of the geographical enquiry sequence. During Year 12 we will be carrying out fieldwork.

Course content

Physical Geography

Core (contributes towards 50% of final marks) either:

  • 1. Water and Carbon Cycles or
  • 2. Hot Desert Environments and their Margins or
  • 3. Coastal Systems and Landscapes
  • Options, either:
  • 1. Hazards or
  • 2. Contemporary Urban Environments

Human Geography

Core (contributes towards 50% of final marks):

  • 1. Global Systems (International Trade and Access to Markets), and Global Governance (Antarctica) or
  • 2. Changing Places
  • Geography Fieldwork: Investigation and Geographical Skills

Physical Geography

Component 1: (40%)

  • Section A: Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Section B: either Hot Desert Environments and their Margins or Coastal Systems and Landscapes
  • Section C: Hazards or Ecosystems Under Stress or Cold Environments

Human Geography

Component 2: (40%)

  • Section A: Global Systems and Global Governance
  • Section B: Changing Places
  • Section C: either Contemporary Urban Environments or Resource Security or Population and the Environment

Non Examined Assessment

  • Independent Investigation, based on fieldwork. Report must be 3000 - 4000 words. (Contributes towards 20% of final marks).

Entry requirements

Usually a minimum of Grade B at GCSE, however a qualification in Geography is not a pre-requisite. GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths.

Future opportunities

The subject will enable students to have access to a wide range of possible career and Higher Education opportunities. Students will learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities as being of great value.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

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