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Geography A Level at Central Foundation Girls' School

Course description

Who is the course for?
- Students who have a thirst for knowledge about the world around them.
- Students who are interested in the physical and human world and how they interact.
- Students who want to examine the growing challenges to our planet and how we will adapt.

Course content

In year 12 you will be studying:

Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards -Tectonic processes, a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards.

Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change -An integrated study of processes, landforms and landscapes. A study of one landscape system and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space.

Option 2b: Coastal Landscapes and Change with fieldwork

Topic 3: Globalisation -A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places.

Topic 4: Shaping Places -A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to different places and the consequences for different people.

Option 4a: Regenerating Places with fieldwork.

In year 13 you will be studying:

Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards -Tectonic processes, a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards.

Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change -An integrated study of processes, landforms and landscapes

Option 2b: Coastal Landscapes and Change.

Topic 3: Globalisation -A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places.

Topic 4: Shaping Places -A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to different places and the consequences for different people.

Option 4a: Regenerating Places

Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity -Water cycle, human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts.

Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security -Carbon cycle, human and natural factors Impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies.

Topic 7: Superpowers -Superpowers, the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons.

Topic 8: Global Development and Connections

Option 8b: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.

Coursework: Independent Investigation

Entry requirements

 5 good GCSEs with 5 in En PLUS

Assessment

AS Level:
Paper 1: Assessed by an external exam, 1 hour and 45 minutes long 50% of AS.
Paper 2: Assessed by an external exam, 1 hour and 45 minutes long 50% of AS.

A Level:
Paper 1: Assessed by an external exam, 2 hour and 15 minutes long worth 30%
Paper 2: Assessed by an external exam, 2 hour and 15 minutes long worth 30%
Paper 3: Assessed by an external exam, 2 hour and 15 minutes long worth 20% Coursework: Independent investigation worth 20%

Future opportunities

The world needs geographers. It is well known that studying geography leads to a wealth of study and career opportunities. ‘Choosing geography at school can open the doors to a university degree, either specifically in geography or by combining geography with other A Levels to gain a place on a degree programme in another subject. An A Level in geography is recognised for its academic ‘robustness’ and, most importantly, it also helps young people into the world of work. We know this is true because so many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying geography can provide, be it knowing how the world works, planning research and report writing, working in a team, using new technologies and communication skills – and much more. You will find geographers working in a wide range of jobs, from the City to planning, working in the environment to travel and tourism, or in international charities or retail’. Michael Palin, CBE

Further information

The course involves carrying out two days fieldwork in Year 12 and at least two days of fieldwork in Year 13. Fieldwork is an important aspect of Geography. It allows students to gain a better understanding of the world around them, especially examining concepts which can be difficult to grasp. In Year 12 students will take part in a coasts and urban area fieldtrips and in Year 13 the Geography department took Year 13 students to Iceland to as part of their Plate tectonics unit. To truly appreciate the power of tectonic processes and their impacts on the landscape and people, a field trip to Iceland a land known for its tectonic past and active volcanoes is ideal. Fieldtrips have the ability to light that vital spark of interest in students, which develops their ability to wonder about the world around them.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Central Foundation Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2017
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