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Geography AS/A Level at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

Studying A Level Geography is a must for students who want to make sense of the world they live in and gain a well-respected qualification that opens up a multitude of options for the future.

Students opting for this course will study the global issues that affect our world in the 21st Century. Students will also learn and understand how places, environments and issues can change and how we respond to this.

Learning is enhanced with a wide variety of teaching styles, You will be encouraged to take an active learning role in response to stimulating new challenges aimed at discovering your full potential.

We are currently organising a two day residential trip at AS to prepare students for their fieldwork examination. Students continuing to complete the full A Level have the opportunity to attend a possible further, more in depth learning residential trip. Fieldwork skills are assessed in the human Geography examination at AS and by coursework at A Level.

A Level Geographers develop and enhance key skills that are transferable to other areas of study including:

  • discussion and debate by exploring issues of global significance.
  • working in the field as well as in the classroom independent and team working.

Course content

This is a new course and details regarding topics of study have yet to be finalised. Our expectation is that the following areas will be explored.

Physical Topics

  • water and carbon cycles - looking at carbon and water flows within our planet..
  • coasts - processes and their associated landforms and the costs and benefits of defences.
  • hazards - earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical storms; their cause, impact and management.

Human Topics

  • global systems and global governance - how people interact in differing economies throughout the world.
  • changing places - how areas are dynamic; reasons and impacts of these changes.
  • urban environments - an examination of towns and/or cities un distinct areas of the world.

Fieldwork

AS A two day residential trop looking at coastal erosion and urban environments.

A Level Two additional days will supplement fieldwork learnt at AS to support the development of a 4000 word, coursework assignment.

 

Entry requirements

In order to follow a level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you must have:

  • grade C GCSE English Language
  • grade C GCSE Geography
  • grade C GCSE Mathematics
  • plus at least 2 other subjects at GCSE

 

Assessment

AS

  • Paper 1 - Physical Geography. 1 hour 30 mins
  • Paper 2 - Human Geography, including a skills and fieldwork section. 1 hour 30 mins

 

A Level

  • Paper 1 - Physical Geography. 2 hours 30 mins.
  • Paper 2 - Human Geography. 2 hours 30mins
  • Coursework submission

 

Unit 1 - a two hour written examination.

Unit 2 - a one hour written examination.

Unit 3 - a two and a half hour written examination.

Unit 4 - a one and a half hour written examination.

Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applicants are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details of which can be found on the main school website.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses which could lead onto higher education to study Geography, other areas of Humanities, Science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Geography such as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. However, if you are thinking of entering the job market, the many skills gained whilst studying this course are highly regarded by most employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 22 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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