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A Level Geography at Ilfracombe Academy

Course description

Year 12 (AS Level)

Students follow the OCR Geography syllabus which involves 2 units

1. Managing Physical Environments

This unit looks at the coastal, glacial and river environments and the issues relating to the management of these environments. The topics are studied at a variety of scales from the local to the global.

An 11/2 hour examination when 3 questions must be answered from 4.

2. Managing Change in Human Environments

This unit looks at the urban and rural environments and the issues raised within each. Tourism is also considered as major topics within this unit. The topics are studied at a variety of scales from the local to the global.

An 11/2 hour examination when 3 questions must be answered from 4. Each unit is worth 50% of the final exam mark.

Year 13 (A Level)

Students follow the OCR Geography syllabus which involves 2 units

1. Global Issues This unit looks at Earth Hazards, Climate Hazards and Globalisation. The topics are studied at a variety of scales from the local to the global.

A 21/2 hour examination is taken when 5 questions must be answered this paper is worth 60% of the final exam mark.

2. Geographical Skills This unit looks at Geographical Investigations and Research and is a more synoptic type paper.

A 11/2 hour examination when 3 questions must be answered this paper is worth 40% of the final exam mark

Entry requirements

Students should have Grade C, or preferably better, at GCSE Geography, have the ability to understand the interrelationships between people and their varied environments and the issues which arise. They should be able to develop fieldwork and research skills, write reports using appropriate language and have data handling skills.

Financial information

Year 13 Fieldwork – approx costs (travel) £20.00

Future opportunities

Geographers have access to a wide range of careers and Higher Education courses, or go straight into employment. It combines well with Sciences for courses like Engineering, Environmental Science, Oceanography and Geology. It also combines well with the Arts and Geographers go into Business, Law, Media, Politics and Town & County Planning. Previous students now work for the Forestry Commission, Environmental Health, as Archivists in university libraries, and we even have a harbour master in Bermuda!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ilfracombe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015

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