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Geography AS/A-Level at Haydon School

Course description

This new syllabus is engaging and relevant to today’s geographers, and focuses on the interaction between the human and physical environments.

Course content

AS LEVEL

UNIT 1 – DYNAMIC LANDSCAPES (EXAMINATION)

  • 50% OF AS
  • Unit 1 explored how landscapes are constantly changing in their dynamic equilibrium. It gives students the opportunity to study Tectonic and Coastal landscapes in depth, therefore building on knowledge learned at GCSE.

UNIT 2 – DYNAMIC PLACES (EXAMINATION)

  • 50% OF AS
  • Unit 2 poses questions which seek to explore the meaning, causes and impacts of globalization for different countries round the world. There will also be opportunities to study the world at different scales, and so the course will look at regeneration of different areas within a country as well as globalization of countries as a whole.
  • In both Units 1 and 2, there will be opportunities to undertake 2 days of fieldwork, which will be examined as part of the examination papers at AS level.

A2 LEVEL

UNIT 3 – PHYSICAL SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABILITY (EXAMINATION)

  • 30% OF A2
  • Unit 3 allows students to understand how physical processes, such as the water and carbon cycles, operate, but how they can be changed and managed sustainably to ensure environmental stability in our world. 

UNIT 4 – HUMAN SYSTEMS AND GEOPOLITICS (EXAMINATION)

  • 30% OF A2
  • Unit 4 focuses on the lives people live depending on decisions they make. Course content will include the study of global superpowers and the impact they have around the world, and also human rights and migration issues that are relevant to current world situations.

COURSEWORK: INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION (NON-EXAMINED ASSESSMENT)

  • 20% of A2
  • The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content of the course. The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data. The investigation report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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