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A Level Geography at Beaconsfield High School

Course description

The Geography department is fully staffed by specialists who have many years of experience delivering A level courses. Geography gets some of the very best A level results in the school with 92% of students achieving a grade A in 2012; for each of the last eight years students have averaged between half to a full grade higher in AS Geography than the average grade of their other AS subjects. In the past five years a number of the successful BHS applicants to Oxford or Cambridge University have studied Geography at A level. Many other students go on to study Geography and related degrees at a wide variety of very good universities.

Course content

Unit 1 Core Concepts in Physical and Human Geography: Rivers, Coasts, Population Change and Health. Studied in Year 12 and worth 35% of the A level.

Unit 2 Applied Geographical Skills: Studied in Year 12 and worth 15% of the A level

Unit 3 Contemporary Geographical Issues in Physical and Human Geography: Plate Tectonics, World Cities, Weather and Climate and Geographical Conflicts. Studied in Year 13 and worth 30% of the A level.

Unit 4 Geographical Issue Investigation: Studied in Year 13 and worth 20% of the A level. There is no coursework in A level Geography.

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Essential Information

  •  As a highly dynamic and academic subject Geography welcomes students who are keen to understand how they interact with the world in which they live. You will be looking at real-life issues from across the world, with a questioning and problem solving approach forming the basis of research-based enquiry learning. You will be encouraged to make informed decisions and are made aware of the need to justify your choices. This course will stretch and challenge you but it will equip you with the transferable skills necessary for success in both higher education and the world of work. You will really enjoy your learning, with a number of new topics included. You will meet the needs of this highly rewarding course in many ways including through group work, discussion, independent study, presentations and residential field work.
  •  In each area of the course you will consider your own values and attitudes to various issues and support your learning with specific case studies from the real world. You will also develop a variety of geographical skills, which will help broaden and deepen your knowledge and be employed with a much greater degree of independence than GCSE.
  •  Geography bridges the gap between the Arts and Sciences in a way that no other subject can. It provides you with a wide variety of transferable skills. Therefore it is an excellent qualification for literally hundreds of careers. A few examples include law, travel and tourism, planning, marketing, environmental management, finance, journalism and education. For further details please speak to a geography teacher or see the posters in K3 and K6.
  •  Should you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Gough at the school via email:

What about fieldwork?

  •  There is a five day fieldwork course based in Swanage, Dorset during Year 12, which covers many aspects of physical and human geography and relates directly to the Unit 2 Geographical skills exam. This includes visits to the world famous Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Chesil Beach and Studland Beach.
  •  Following the great success of our previous four visits to the glaciers and geysers of Iceland, we offer this fantastic opportunity to all sixth form Geography students at some point during their A level course. The next trip is due to depart at Easter 2016.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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