Geography A Level Block B & C at Gravesend Grammar School
Geography deals with major world issues in a vigorous way; it gives a wider picture of the world in which we live. The study of Geography will equip you with an appreciation of the relationships between people and their environment – both locally and globally. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners. This is achieved through an issues-based approach to studying geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change.
Four equally weighted content components, offering both compulsory and optional content, assessed through three external assessments and one non-examined assessment.
Paper 1- 2 hours 15 (105 marks) 30% (physical)
Tectonic Processes and Hazards, The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Either Glaciated Landscapes and Change Or Coastal Landscapes and Change.
Paper 2- 2 hours 15 (105 marks) 30% (Human)
Regenerating Places or Diverse Places & Health Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
Paper 3- 2 hour 15 (70 marks) 20% (Synoptic issues paper)
Geographical Issue exploring themes of Players, Attitudes and Actions, Futures and Uncertainties.
This will be rooted in two or more of the content areas detailed above.
Coursework (60 marks) 20%
An individual 3,000-4,000 written report consisting of fieldwork data, collecting your own data and from secondary sources. Independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of findings and extended writing.
Geographical skills will be integrated into the course across the two years these include Cartographic Skills (OS maps, atlases), Graphical Skills (including images and photo analysis), Numerical and Statistical Skills (averages, spreads of data, correlations), Technological/ICT skills (GIS- Google earth and ArcGIS), Data Research skills
A GCSE Level 6 or above is recommended to pursue Geography at A Level, allied with a proven ability and interest in the subject. With the increasing emphasis on maths and statistics in A Level Geography you are also recommended to have reached an equally competent standard in GCSE Maths.
Please refer to the course content section.
Geography is a “facilitating” subject with a wide range of skills that are beneficial for future studies or careers. The practical elements of fieldwork and data collection, combined with data presentation, analysis and evaluative skills make it one of the most employable subjects post University. Similarly the ability to gain critical skills is a particular strength, with an emphasis on skills for the future. A level Geography could lead on to Higher education to study Geography, or other related disciplines. With further training, you could go into a job related to geography such as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. It will not limit your options.
Students are given opportunities to attend High Weald GA Lectures from University Professors relating to courses of study, there is a new Geography Library for students to make use of.
A minimum of FOUR days of fieldwork will be carried out across both physical and human Geography, at least one of these will be individually planned and completed and link to the coursework element of the Course (20%). A minimum of 3 field work days off site at a residential centre (please note there is a cost for this which is a core part of the A Level Geography course)
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gravesend Grammar School directly.