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Geography A Level at Ralph Thoresby School

Course description

This course will develop the knowledge and skills you have gained at GCSE and will give you a balanced subject content between Physical & Human Geography. You will learn more about geographical skills, contemporary issues and fieldwork techniques.

The topics build on what you have studied at GCSE and will also introduce new, interesting and engaging issues.

Students will consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and will support their learning through the use of case studies.

 ** A commitment to fieldwork is essential **

Course content

Component 1: Physical geography

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: either Hot desert environments and their margins or Coastal systems and landscapes

Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress or Cold environments

 

Component 2: Human geography

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places

Section C: either Contempoary urban environments or Population and the environment or Resource security

 

Component 3: Geographical investigation

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

Entry requirements

There is a good deal of continuity between GCSE Geography and the advanced level course. We would ideally like students to have studied the subject at GCSE level and have achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs, with a good overall points score in their best 8 GCSEs.

Assessment

Component 1: Physical geography 

How it's assessed • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • 96 marks • 40% of A-level

Questions

• Section A: answer all questions (27 marks)

• Section B: answer either question 3 or question 4 (27 marks)

• Section C: answer either question 5 or question 6 or question 7 (42 marks)

• Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose

Component 2: Human geography

How it's assessed • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • 96 marks • 40% of A-level

Questions

• Section A: answer all questions (27 marks)

• Section B: answer all questions (27 marks)

• Section C: answer either question 5 or question 6 or question 7 (42 marks)

• Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Component 3: Geographical investigation

How it's assessed • 3,000–4,000 words • 35 marks • 20% of A-level • marked by teachers • moderated by AQA

How it's assessed • 3,000–4,000 words • 35 marks • 20% of A-level • marked by teachers • moderated by AQA

Future opportunities

Geography is relevant to a wide range of careers, some subject specific like cartography, planning and teaching, some less specific like architecture and estate management. Careers in the business world e.g. banking and insurance, readily accept Geography as an academic qualification.

Further information

For further information please contact Mr Hutson at Ralph Thoresby School.

 

CHutson@ralphthoresby.com 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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