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Geography at Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School

Course description

Why study Geography?

Geography is a dynamic, contemporary subject that can inspire a deep interest in the complex world around us. It is a subject that tackles many of the most important issues that face the world, including global warming, economic change, food and energy security, health and migration. Students with AS or A2 Geography will also have access to a wide range of possible careers and higher education opportunities. Students learn a wide range of transferable skills through the course including collecting, analysing, and interpreting data, problem solving, individual and group research and a variety of forms of communication. The skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities as being of great value. Geography combines well with most other subjects and supports applications for almost any Science or Humanities course at university. Above all, the need to understand the relevance of the world around us on a range of scales is becoming ever more important. Studying fascinating places through this course will engage your sense of adventure and allow you to explore the issues of present and future generations.

What will I learn about?

Due to government changes to A levels we will be pursuing a new AS and A2 next year in 2016. This provides staff and students alike with the opportunity to be involved in designing a varied and engaging programme of studying that will be relevant to the modern world in which we live. We also aim to prepare students for their university studies, no matter what their choice of degree, with the overall goal of enhancing students’future employability through the multitude of skills they will learn. The course will be divided into 3 main units. During both AS and A2 students will study units 1 topics that include both Human and Physical Geography providing them with breadth of knowledge as well as depth of understanding. In each unit students will consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their study with detailed case studies focused on real world examples. Candidates will also develop a variety of geographical skills, which will broaden and deepen existing knowledge and be employed with a greater degree of interdependence. Application of these skills across a broad range of topic areas allows pupils to demonstrate a truly holistic approach to the subject content. Physical Geography Topic content will include choices from the following: Water and carbon cycles; Hot desert environments; Coastal systems and landscapes; Hazards; Ecosystems under stress; Cold environments; Climate Change and Exploring Oceans. Human Geography Topic content will include choices from the following: Global systems and global governance; Changing places (socially and economically); Contemporary urban environments; Population and the environment; Resource security; The Future of Food and Disease Dilemmas. The Third unit will be completed during A2. It is an individual Geographical Investigation which must include primary data collected in the field as well as secondary data collected through independent research. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. and the other the physical topics. Teaching will be varied with lessons being led by both the teachers and the students. As an inherently enquiry based subject there will be lessons where students will research topics independently and in groups and students will be expected to support their in-class learning with extensive wider reading of news and current affairs articles suggested by staff. This will enable students to learn through accessing the most up-to-date and relevant geographical issues and information. Throughout the course students will practise applying this knowledge and understanding to examination style questions in order to best equip them for the program of assessment outlined overleaf. of 2/3 external exams worth 80%, and one internally assessed Geographical Investigation worth 20% of the overall course. The AS qualification will be stand alone, which means that if you would like to achieve an A level in Geography all your exams will be sat at the end of Y13. If you opt just for the AS qualification, this will not include the individual Geographical Investigation and you will be examined on fewer topic areas. You will however, find yourself in the same class as the two year A Level course students as the content allows the qualifications to be co- taught.

Pathways to future careers and courses

Geography can be taken at university in many different forms and can lead to either a Geography graduates include HRH Prince William; Olympic Gold medallists Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell; TV Presenter Chris Tarrant; FIFA referee David Ellery; Fashion Designer Wayne Hemmingway; Businesswoman and Founder of The Body Shop Anita Roddick. Although not a Geography Graduate, but possibly the subjects most famous ambassador is Sir Michael Palin. Geography does not limit or narrow your choices. It is a superb opportunity to learn about the world as a whole. It is the one subject which links and connects to all others. Anything or anyone that impacts on our world is of concern to a Geographer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements:

5 A*- Cs and a B grade or above in Geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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