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Geography A Level at Vyners School

Course description

The Advanced GCE in Geography will appeal to you if:

  • you are curious about the world’s places, peoples and environments
  • you like asking questions and finding answers
  • you are interested in local, regional and global issues and their links
  • you have the ability to think independently and identify links to topical issues
  • you wish to explore human, physical and environmental geographical relationships
  • you would like to develop your ‘people’ skills/helping others in the future

African Initiative

Traditionally, A level Geographers also become part of the ‘African Initiative’ helping lead the link with the Kamwezi Parents School in Rukiga, Uganda.

Fieldtrips

Units 1 and 2 of the A Level course involve a mandatory residential trip to a coastal field studies centre (usually Slapton, Devon) in October (approximate cost ~£340) and essential day trips to study regeneration in London.

Course content

The A Level Geography syllabus is based on four study units which include 3 examinations at the end of Year 13 and a 3000-4000 word piece of coursework.

 

AREA OF STUDY 1: DYNAMIC LANDSCAPES

This area of study focuses on how natural processes and the environment shape the dynamic world in which we live. Topics include tectonic processes and hazards and landscape systems, processes and change.

 

AREA OF STUDY 2: DYNAMIC PLACES

This area of study focuses upon the human geographical issues Globalisation and Shaping Places.

 

AREA OF STUDY 3: PHYSICAL SYSTEMS & SUSTAINABILITY

In this area of study you will consider three key world issues relevant to the world we live in today, the natural processes behind them, how human pressures are exacerbating them and possible technological solutions to the problems:

  • Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity
  • Climate Change Futures

 

AREA OF STUDY 4: HUMAN SYSTEMS & GEOPOLITICS

This area of study focuses upon the geo-political and economic development issues of Superpowers and Global Development & Connections. It will teach you how economic geographies of power, money and inequality have created and influence the changing balance of power in our world past, present and future.

 

COURSEWORK: INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION

This element allows you to develop your investigative, data analysis and analytical thinking skills preparing you for the demands of higher education or employment. Independent fieldwork and research will be central to your investigation which will be based upon one of the core topics chosen from the four areas of study noted above.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Geography

Assessment

UNIT 1

(30%)  2 hour written exam, covering the topics of tectonic hazards, water insecurity, energy security and coastal landscapes and change.

UNIT 2

(30%)  2 hour written exam, covering the topics of globalisation, superpowers, regeneration and inequality and health and migration.

UNIT 3

(20%)  1¾ hour written exam based upon a geographical issue outlined within an examination resource booklet. You will need to draw upon what you have learnt throughout your study of all the courses topics in order to make reasoned and justified decisions.

UNIT 4

(20%)  Coursework: After defining a question or issue for investigation, relating to an element of the course, you will need to collect fieldwork data and conduct secondary research in order to write a 3,000-4,000 word written report.

Financial information

The mandatory residential trip to a coastal field studies centre (usually Slapton, Devon) in October will cost approximately £340 and there will be other, essential day trips to study regeneration in London.

Future opportunities

Studying geography is a brilliant step towards a wider range of HE course (Further education includes Foundation degrees, undergraduate degrees and/or BTEC Higher Nationals) and/or employment opportunities (a wide range of jobs including Advertising, Education, Environmental management, Finance/Law, Marketing, Retailing, Sales, Social/health services).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 May 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 years

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