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Geography A level at The Holy Cross School

Course description

A course aiming to excite students’ minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate their investigative and analytical skills.

Course content

Component 1: Physical geography - 40% of A-level

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: Hot Desert Systems and Landscapes or Coastal Systems and Landscapes or Glacial Systems and Landscapes

Section C: Hazards or Ecosystems under Stress

• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (120 marks)

Component 2: Human geography - 40% of A-level

Section A: Global Systems and Global Governance

Section B: Changing Places

Section C: Contemporary Urban Environments or Population and the Environment or

Resource Security

• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (120 marks)

All students are required to undertake fieldwork in relation to processes in both physical and human geography. Students must undertake a minimum of four days of compulsory fieldwork during their A-level course.  A fieldwork statement must be provided to the exam board to confirm that each student has fulfilled this requirement.

Component 3: Geographical investigation - 20% of A-level (60 marks)

3,000–4,000 word individual investigation

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. 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.

The students must work on their own on contextualising, analysing and reporting their work to produce an independent investigation with an individual title that demonstrates required fieldwork knowledge, skills and understanding.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Geography, and GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics and English Language

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

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