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Geography AS & A Level at The Camden School for Girls

Course description

We have chosen Edexcel  as our examination board for geography.  We think they have designed a curriculum that is engaging and that will enable students  to engage critically with real world issues and places.  Students will explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change.  Our experience of Edexcel in the past suggests that it effectively supports progression to undergraduate level geography; it is not unusual for half our A-level geographers to go on to study the subject at university.  Students will be taught by two teachers, each focusing on their own subject specialisms. 

Course content

Physical Geography

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
  • The Water Cycle and  Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Climate Change Futures

Human Geography

  • Globalisation
  • Shaping Places
  • Superpowers
  • Global Development and Connections

Synoptic investigation

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue about a named case location rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas from Papers 1 or 2.

Independent Investigation

The students will write a research report of 3000-4000 words about a question of their choice relating to any aspect of geography contained within the previous examination content.  The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data and their own research and/or secondary data.  The fieldwork which forms the focus and context of the individual investigation may be either human, physical or integrated physical-human.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is a compulsory component of the geography course.  It has a number of functions but, in particular, supports the Independent Investigation.  We have not yet finalised our plans for the fieldwork, but it is likely to involve a day trip to Sussex and additional fieldwork in the Borough of Camden.  Every other year the department has run an optional trip to Iceland.

Entry requirements

All applicants must have an academic reference from their current school stating their predicted grades. These must in all cases include GCSEs at level 6 or above in English language and maths, and 3 other GCSEs at or above grade B.

'B' grade or above at GCSE Geography

Assessment

Paper 1: Physical Geography

  • Written examination: 2 hours 
  • 30% of the qualification

Paper 2:  Human Geography

  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 30% of the qualification

Paper 3:  Synoptic investigation

  • Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • 20% of the qualification

Coursework: Independent Investigation

  • 20% of the qualification 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Camden School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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