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Geography at Abraham Darby Academy

Course description

‘Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future’ – Michael Palin.  Geography is the study of the natural and human environment and the complex interactions between the two.  Geography encompasses a wide range of topics, at a variety of scales from local through to global.  Geography is a social science and as such is an academic and demanding A-Level.  Geography will build on and extend some of the knowledge, understanding and skills developed at GCSE level but for the most part it will encompass entirely new concepts and topics, providing a new and exciting challenge.  Geography suits students who are keen to find out more about the World in which we live and how it is constantly evolving as a result of relentless human activity, some of which, whilst not intentional, is to the detriment of our and its survival.

Course content

At AS there are two key components – Component 1, ‘Changing Landscapes’ (physical geography) , a physical fieldwork investigation and tectonic hazards. This is assessed via a 2 hour exam and makes up 60% of the marks at AS. Component 2, ‘Changing Places’, is a view of how the UK is changing followed by a human geography based investigation. The second exam paper is worth 40% and is based around a 90 minute exam. Both papers require students to be able to write extended answers.

At A2 there are four different components based around three exams and a piece of coursework. The subject matter for A2 involves – coasts, global systems, global politics, ocean management, tectonics and a choice of geographical themed research.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five 9-5 grades at GCSE to include Geography, however, prior study of the subject isn’t essential.  These are guidelines only and every student’s application will be treated on an individual basis.

 

Assessment

At AS there are two key components – Component 1, ‘Changing Landscapes’ (physical geography) , a physical fieldwork investigation and tectonic hazards. This is assessed via a 2 hour exam and makes up 60% of the marks at AS. Component 2, ‘Changing Places’, is a view of how the UK is changing followed by a human geography based investigation. The second exam paper is worth 40% and is based around a 90 minute exam. Both papers require students to be able to write extended answers.

At A2 there are four different components based around three exams and a piece of coursework. The subject matter for A2 involves – coasts, global systems, global politics, ocean management, tectonics and a choice of geographical themed research.

Future opportunities

Geography can be used as an entry qualification for a wide variety of courses in higher education, besides a Geography degree.  Typically thee include Environmental Science, Earth Sciences, Geology, Architecture, Planning, Law, European Studies and Politics.  Geography is known as a ‘facilitating subject’ and is held in high esteem by all Universities, but in particular the Russell group universities, as they appreciate that geographers are ‘al-rounders’ possessing a great variety of knowledge, understanding and skills.

Geographers are renowned for becoming teachers and working within the ‘caring’ professions, probably because of their ability to empathise with others.  However, a Geography degree opens doors to many specialist disciplines like Climate Change Analyst, Climatologist, Emergency Management Specialist, Geomorphologist, Geospatial Analyst, Geologist, GIS Specialist, Hydrologist, Location Analyst, Meterologist, Pollution Analyst, Remote Sensing Analyst, Soil Conservationist, Surveyor, Town Planner, Water Conservation Officer.

The wide range of skills and concepts linked to geography mean that geography can be applied to the demands of most today as well as those which will come about in the future.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

As a Geographer you will build upon your literacy, oracy, numeracy, graphicacy, ICT and problem solving skills. Geographers will be able to undertake their own enquiries, handle a range of primary and secondary data, appreciate bias and data limitations; ask questions and find answers; make decisions about issues; organise themselves and perhaps most importantly think creatively, synoptically and independently. You will become an increasingly persuasive communicator, a problem solver and a team player.

Lessons will involve a range of learning strategies that will develop the afore-mentioned and meet the needs of all learning styles. Learning will be increasingly ‘flipped’ as you assume a more active role in pushing forward your own learning prior to the lesson, making sessions more engaging.

 

What other subjects should I study with Geography?

Geography is compatible with most other AS subjects. However, Humanities and Social Science subjects such as History, Sociology and Religious Studies also make good partnerships with Geography since the topics and learning styles are similar.  Furthermore, Geography provides an interesting link with Maths, Business Studies and the Science subjects. 

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abraham Darby Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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