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Geography A Level at Waddesdon CofE School

Course description

The world is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it ever has done before. Geographical issues are dominating the newspapers as well as political decision making. Students who decide to take Geography as an A-Level will learn about the causes and effects of geographical issues as well as looking at the management and solution opportunities.
The AQA A-Level specification covers the geographical issues that are affecting the world today. It was developed in consultation with students and university lecturers as well as school teachers to create an A-Level that is relevant, engaging and enjoyable to study. As well as covering up to date Geography, it has a strong skills focus, preparing students for the world of work or further education by identifying teamwork, communication, critical and creative thinking and ICT skills. You will study a range of physical, human and environmental topics as well as carrying out your own fieldwork on field trips.

Course content

In Year 12 you will learn about:

- Human Geography:
o The Global Population Change
o The Geography of Health

- Physical Geography:
o Rivers, Flooding and River Management
o Cold Environments or Coastal Environments
You will learn a range of geographical and non-geographical skills.
In Year 13 you will learn about:
- Human Geography:
o Development and globalisation
o World Cities
- Physical Geography:
o Plate tectonics and associated hazards
o Weather and Climate

You will learn a range of geographical and non-geographical skills.


Year 12 (AS)

Unit 1: Physical and Human geography
Written paper – 2 hours of short structured questions and extended written answers
Worth 70% of AS, 35% of A level
Unit 2: Geographical Skills
Written paper – 1 hour of structured skills and generic fieldwork/research questions
Worth 30% of AS, 15% of A level

Year 13 (A2)
Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues
Written Paper – 2½ hours of short structured questions, longer written answers and one essay
Worth 30% of A-Level
Unit 4A: Geographical Fieldwork Investigation
Written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes of short structure questions on the skills used, process of planning, carrying out and evaluation of a fieldwork experience.
Worth 20% of A-Level


Financial information

Fieldwork: There will be at least one fieldtrip in Year 12 in preparation for the skills paper to Devon – in preparation for Unit 2, Geographical fieldwork skills. Here we learn how to carry out a range of physical and human fieldwork methods, collecting data, and drawing conclusions from our results. Approximate cost: £250. There may also be local field trips – to develop and practise fieldwork data collection, analysis and evaluation skills. Costs will vary.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years