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Geography A and AS Level at William Howard School

Course description

Geography is the study of relationships between people and the earth. This course looks at current events and issues and their impact on the environment. It is hoped you will realise the importance of decision making within Geography and by studying Geography it will help you develop an awareness of the ethnic, cultural, economic and political diversity of human society.

 Studying GEOGRAPHY gives you the opportunity to travel the world via the    classroom…where will geography take you? 

Course content

There will always be a balance of human and physical Geography. There is also a strong emphasis on field trips: to Newcastle Upon Tyne to study urban issues; to the Lake District to study hydrology; and a one week field trip to the Cevennes region in France.

AS COURSE COMPONENTS

1: PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, People & the Environment

Section A: EITHER water and carbon cycles or hot desert environments and their margins or coastal systems and landscapes, or cold environments – Glacial systems and landscapes (40 marks)

Section B: EITHER hazards or contemporary urban environments (40 marks)

2: HUMAN GEOGRAPHY and Geography Fieldwork Investigation

Section A: EITHER global systems and global governance or changing places (40 marks)

Section B: Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills (40 marks) 

 

A LEVEL COURSE COMPONENTS

1: PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, People & the Environment

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: EITHER hot desert environments and their margins or coastal systems and landscapes, or cold environments – Glacial systems and landscapes

Section C: EITHER hazards or ecosystems under stress

2: HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places

Section C: EITHER contemporary urban issues or population and the environment, food security, health and population ecology

3: GEOGRAPHICAL INVESTIGATION

You will complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue relating to any part of the A level course content.

Assessment

AS Examination

Comp 1

Written exam: multiple choice, short answer and levels of response - 1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks   50% of AS 

Comp 2

Written exam: multiple choice, short answer and levels of response - 1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks   50% of AS

 

A Level Examination

Comp 1

Written exam: 3 x multiple choice questions, 2 x 6 mark questions and 1 x 15 mark question per section - 2 hours 30 mins

102 marks   40% of A Level

Comp 2

Written exam: 3 x multiple choice questions, 2 x 6 mark questions and 1 x 15 mark question per section - 2 hours 30 mins

102 marks   40% of A Level

Comp 3

Investigation 3,000 –4,000 words. Marked by your teachers and moderated by AQA

60 marks   20% of A Level

Future opportunities

This is a very good and well respected academic A Level. The skills and information are very valuable to many future careers especially Law, Journalism, Publishing, Management or any other career which involves working with people such as Teaching, Nursing or Social Work.

This is in addition to other more directly related areas such as Surveying, Geology, Economics, Planning, Geographical Information Systems, Environmental work, Oceanography and Marine Biology. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact William Howard School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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