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Geography AS/A Level 3 (Block D) at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Course description

Essential skills

There is an emphasis on acquiring the skills that will be of value to students in future employment namely to be able to plan, collect and analyse a whole range of information and statistical data, to write in a concise manner and present a balanced argument, making full use of ICT including GIS, PowerPoint and other audio-visual methods.

Course content

Year 1

Regarding content there are four main areas studied in the first year of A-level: tectonic hazards and management; coastal landscape and change; globalisation; changing places. Each area of study incorporates a range of contemporary case studies drawing on both local, national and global perspectives. These units will be assessed by internal examinations comprising papers that reflect the style and content of the actual A-level papers.

In addition the fieldwork component of the course is undertaken during the first year. This involves a four day residential visit where data collection and fieldwork techniques are investigated in preparation for the individual coursework, which is a key element of the overall A-level.

Year 2

The second year focuses on the water cycle and water insecurity, the carbon cycle and energy security, superpowers, global development and migration. There is a strong focus on developing synoptic links between topics.

The examination papers are diverse and represent 80% of the A-Level grade. Some questions will be based on resources that need data analysis and short answers while others will require longer guided essays. In addition there will be an individual 3,000-4,000 word coursework report (linking back to fieldwork undertaken in Year 1) which contributes 20% of the A-Level grade.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Geography.

Assessment

The Geography A-level is offered as a linear course, where all external examinations and coursework are undertaken in the second year.

The examination papers are diverse and represent 80% of the A-Level grade. Some questions will be based on resources that need data analysis and short answers while others will require longer guided essays. In addition there will be an individual 3,000-4,000 word coursework report (linking back to fieldwork undertaken in Year 1) which contributes 20% of the A-Level grade.

 

Future opportunities

University requirements

Many universities offer pure Geography or Geography-related courses; some examples include: Earth Sciences/Geology (Oxford) entry requirements = A*AA, Oxford = A*AA, Exeter = AAA-AAB, Durham = A*AA, Edinburgh = AAA, Cambridge = A*AA (the above are Russell Group Universities). Other institutions include: Reading = ABB, Royal Holloway (London) = ABB, Canterbury Christ Church = BBC (B in Geography A Level)

You could go on to do a degree in: International Studies; Earth Science; Geology; Valances; Architecture; Environmental Science; Resource Management; Biological sciences; Cartography; Oceanography; Business Management; Biology and Geography; Education and Geography; Water Management; Environmental Politics

Career Options: Town Planning; Civil Servant; Oil Industry; Water Resources; Earth Science; Teacher; Architect; Geologist; Cartographer; Weather forecaster; Agriculture; Landscape gardener

Further information

The Geography A Level is an exciting course which address key ideas and debates in our world today such as climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration and management of the world’s resources. The topics studied include those with a definite physical, human or environmental approach as well as synoptic activities. Fieldwork is an important element of the course and is carried out in Year 12 and Year 13. After all, Geography is about the real world and therefore needs to be studied in the open air!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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