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Geography at Bay House School and Sixth Form

Course description

Geography is a dynamic and relevant subject for all young people: it encourages them to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. Geography also equips students with a broad range of personal learning and thinking skills such as teamwork, independent enquiry and creative thinking - attributes highly valued by employers and relevant to all higher education courses.

The units studied are highly topical and place specific. Students will consider questions such as how can we sustainably manage coastal landscapes, how are  patterns of international trade changing and what role do transnational corporations (TNCs) play and how well are we managing the impacts presented by a variety of natural hazards?

Fieldwork is an integral part of the course. All students will undertake four days of fieldwork focussing on both physical and human geography processes. Some students also opt to attend an ‘awe and wonder’ residential trip, with both Iceland and Morocco being offered. How many sixth formers can say they have walked up a   glacier in Iceland or camel trekked through the desert?

Course content

AS LEVEL

Physical Geography.

  • Coastal Systems & Landscapes: Coastal processes, landforms and coastal management  
  • Hazards: The causes, impacts and management of volcanic, seismic and storm hazards

Human Geography

  • Global Systems 
  • Global Governance: Impacts of and responses to globalisation and the management of the ‘global commons’, with a focus on Antarctica.

Students will complete a minimum of two days of fieldwork, with a focus on both human and physical geography.

 

A2 LEVEL

Physical Geography building upon subject knowledge developed at AS.

  • Water and Carbon Cycles: The relationship between the water cycle, carbon cycle and climate
  • Coastal Systems & Landscapes: Coastal processes, landforms and coastal management  
  • Hazards: The causes, impacts and management of volcanic, seismic and storm hazards

Human Geography building upon AS.

  • Global Systems and Global Governance: Impacts of and responses to globalisation and the management of the ‘global commons’, with a focus on Antarctica.
  • Changing Places: The nature and importance of places and the dynamics of changing places
  • Contemporary Urban Environments: Urbanisation and sustainable urban growth

Students will also complete an Individual Geographical Investigation based on a question or issue relating to any part of the A2 specification content.

Fieldwork

Students are required to undertake a total of four days of fieldwork during the two year A-Level course.

These visits will give a solid grounding in the fieldwork skills necessary for the course.

Entry requirements

  • English Language - C
  • Geography - B (if taken)
  • In total, at least two B grades in literate subjects.

Assessment

AS LEVEL

  • Paper One covers physical Geography. It is examined by a 1 ½ hour written paper and is worth 50% of the AS mark.
  • Paper Two covers human Geography and involves a geographical fieldwork investigation, with a focus on geographical skills. It is examined by a 1 ½ hour written paper and is worth 50% of the AS mark.

A2 LEVEL

Paper One covers physical Geography.  It is examined by a 2 ½ hour written paper and is worth 40% of the A2 grade.

Paper Two covers human Geography. It is examined by a 2½ hour written paper and is worth 40% of the A2 grade.

Individual Geographical Investigation.

This 3,000-4,000 word investigation is internal marked by teachers and is then externally moderated by the exam board. It is worth 20% of the A2 grade.

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bay House School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2016

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