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Geography A Level at Lady Manners School

Course description

The A Level Geography specification encourages students to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. In turn this enables students to develop a critical understanding of the world’s people, places and environments in the 21st century. 

The specifications draw on both physical and human geography, explore peopleenvironment interactions and encourage development of fieldwork at the local level to enable students to pose enquiry questions.

Students are required to undertake a minimum of four days of fieldwork for the two year A Level course. Fieldwork will be organised across the two years and will include a residential visit to support Component 4, the Independent Investigation.

Course content

Component 1: Changing Landscapes and Changing Places

  • Coastal or Glaciated Landscapes
  • Changing places.

Component 2: Global Systems and Global Governance

  • Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Processes and patterns of global migration and
  • global governance of the Earth's oceans.

Component 3: Contemporary Themes in Geography

  • Tectonic Hazards,

along with two themes from a choice of:

  • Ecosystems
  • Economic Growth & Challenge (India or China)
  • Energy Challenges and Dilemmas
  • Weather & Climate
  • Development in an African Context

Component 4: Independent Investigation

  • Non-exam assessment: 3000 to 4000 words

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C or higher in Geography and, preferably, a grade 4 or above in GCSE English.

Applications will be considered from students who have not studied GCSE Geography if they have a grade B in a related subject such as History, RE or Sociology.

Assessment

A Level is 80% assessed by external examination and 20% non-exam.

  • Component 1: Changing Landscapes and Changing Places (2hrs 15)
  • Component 2: Global Systems and Global Governance (2hrs 15)
  • Component 3: Contemporary Themes in Geography (2hrs)
  • Component 4: Independent Investigation Non-exam assessment: 3000 to 4000 words (20% of qualification).

Future opportunities

Geography is a very popular A Level as it allows entry to a wide range of university courses and careers, whilst developing our understanding of the world as global citizens.

Geographers usually have a wide knowledge base in various fields such as science, environment, sociology and business. They have a balance of literacy and numeracy skills developed within a practical and theoretical approach.

Geography is listed by the Russell Group as a facilitating subject which means it helps gain admission to a wide variety of competitive higher education courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 January 2017

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