Geography AS/A2 Level (AQA) at The North Halifax Grammar School
Geography Examining Board - AQA
Introduction Geography is a broad-based subject which links many other subjects and disciplines. It may be successfully combined with both Arts and Science subjects. Some of the main reasons for choosing Geography at A level might include: • as an 'awareness' subject, developing a wide range of skills, from problem solving and information handling to data analysis and interpretation • as a link subject, forming part of a broad learning base, which will lead to a wide variety of careers and activities - please see the back cover for career ideas • as a main study of interest, leading to a specialist career in the subject e.g. research, surveying, teaching or GIS. The Geography Department at the North Halifax Grammar School has a strong record of academic success. The department has specialist staff with higher degrees and a good deal of expertise of examination marking in their subject. In addition, we are well resourced with a wide range of books and materials as well as possessing a range of ICT and fieldwork equipment. What does the course involve? The course will emphasize the study of geographical changes in the physical and human environments. Geographical skills will also be taught to help candidates develop an appreciation of how we can observe change at a variety of scales. The New A Level Geography Specification includes: • Study of the Physical Environment Tectonic hazards, river environments, glacial systems, coastal environments, ecosystems and deserts. • Study of the Human Environment Population, resources, globalization and managing urban changes • Geographical Skills Candidates will be taught a variety of valuable ICT, fieldwork, analytical and presentational skills that will be valuable in their studies and the workplace beyond school. How will the course be examined? Lower Sixth Form - Advanced Subsidiary GCE • A residential field trip is a compulsory element of the course. • Candidates will sit two external examinations of 1½ hour in duration. These will be based on the skills work and the physical and human topics studied. • These results will form an AS award if cashed in at the end of the first year and is for those students not proceeding onto full A level. Upper Sixth Form - Advanced GCE • Candidates will sit two terminal examinations of 2½ hours duration. These will be based on the physical and human topics studied. • Students will also submit an internally assessed independent investigation which will account for 20% of their total A level mark. • The upper sixth form exams are terminal and are based on all of the topics covered over the two years previously. These marks will be combined with the results of the independent investigation to calculate the final A level grade. How Can You Hit the Ground Running? Download a copy of the AS/AS specification from the exam board website over the summer and look at the support materials on offer online. Candidates can familiarize themselves with the AS module content by booking out a revision guide or course book from the school library. There are a number of GCSE revision sites like BBC Bitesize which will help. What qualities do you need to be successful in the subject? Several topics covered in the course are developments of work covered at GCSE, but others are new. What is most important is that a candidate should have a lively and enquiring mind as well as an interest in the environment and current affairs. We are looking for candidates with a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate their own ideas effectively. Some more able candidates may start this course, never having undertaken a GCSE course before. To what career opportunities can Geography lead? • Geography can be studied at university where it bridges and links art and science subjects. Geography graduates have powers of statistical analysis and an ability to interpret complex data. They have skills of data presentation such as using graphs, charts and diagrams, but most of all, skills in the use of computers for graphics, data gathering, analysis as well as information retrieval. Other skills include those of communication and numeracy; geographers are literate and articulate and are skilled in graphic representation. • Field experience of data gathering and problem solving, information retrieval, systems, map analysis and design, automated cartography, remote sensing and environmental monitoring can lead to careers in civil engineering and consultancy, surveying and cartography, landscape architecture and all kinds of environmental planning. • Geographers are recruited to a range of business management posts in the financial sector - accountancy, public finance, clearing banks, personnel and management service, chartered surveying, valuation and property management. Transport has always been closely associated with geography e.g. organizers of rail, road, air and sea. Other areas employing geographers include market research, leisure and recreation, sales, marketing as well as civil service departments. • Geographers have the flexibility to respond to constantly changing demands of the work environment. Employment rates from higher education courses in geography are extremely high. As the subject bridges arts and science, geographers have found employment in a wide range of careers. This continues to make it one of the most popular and relevant undergraduate courses in the UK. How can you find out more? Speak to any of the Geography staff. Information may be obtained from Mr Howarth, Mrs Willis and Mr Ward.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The North Halifax Grammar School directly.