Geography - WJEC Eduqas A Level at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College
Head of Department: Mr. S. Knight Department Information
The Geography department comprises six members of staff who share five dedicated Geography classrooms. Computer rooms and iPads are regularly used to support learning. The department organises a range of field trips each year for different year groups.
Why study this course?
You will learn in a wide variety of ways such as by using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photos, videos, podcasts, as well as attending lectures and fieldwork study days. You will be encouraged to frame your own questions using higher level thinking skills and showing your grasp of complex issues through report and essay writing.
Aims of the course
The A-Level Geography specification encourages students to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. In turn, this will enable students to develop a critical understanding of the world’s people, places and environments in the 21st century. Students should be able to develop both knowledge and understanding of contemporary geographical concepts together with transferable skills that will enable students to progress to higher education and a range of employment opportunities.
Your A Level geography course will cover both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It will also, importantly, show the applied side of the subject - how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. This is complex and dynamic and varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research which will help you become an independent thinker and learner. By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.
At least a grade 5 or above in Geography GCSE
How am I assessed?
The course is divided up into four components.
Components 1-3 are worth 80% of the course and are assessed through three exams at the end of the two years.
Component 4 is an independent investigation (coursework) that is worth 20%.
Throughout the two years homework, past paper questions, projects, field work and presentations will be assessed and students will sit mock examinations.
Where does this course lead?
Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. You may already be thinking ahead to potential university and career choices so it is worth bearing in mind that geography is a broad based subject that really fits well for your future progression. For example, for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change, geography is an obvious choice.
For careers in the world of business, an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues such as; How do we measure development? What are the consequences of migration on societies?
If you are working towards a future course in medicine or veterinary medicine then geography is a good choice to give your A Level options the breadth that universities seek, as you will gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health and survival of people, animals and ecosystems as well as enhancing your skills of writing essays and extended reports.
Of course many A Level students do not yet have a clear idea of what kind of career they might want to pursue. If you are in this position, remember that geography as an A level gives you the chance to keep your options open as it covers both arts and science components. It is quite likely that when you choose geography your classmates will all be doing different combinations of A Level subjects – this adds to the interest when it comes to discussions on issues as everyone will have very different ways of thinking and expressing their opinions.
How to apply
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