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Geography at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Students who take Geography have a keen interest in the world around them and how the world is a dynamic and changing place. As a subject that bridges both the natural and social sciences, Geography seeks to understand societies, places and environments, and many geographical issues are highly relevant to current issues. Universities recognise and value that students who have studied Geography develop a range of valuable and transferable skills which make them employable and adaptive learners. 
Students will explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues. They will also have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners. 
Studying Geography at A Level will enhance communication skills, ICT (including use of Geographical Information Systems), spatial awareness, team working and problem-solving. Geography by nature is a very practical subject, and fieldwork plays an essential part of the course. There will be a combination of residential and local physical and human fieldwork. This will be assessed through questions on examination papers and through an independent investigation. 
In Year 12 there is a minimum of 2 days of fieldwork and in Year 13 a minimum of 4 days of fieldwork carried out.  Fieldwork must be undertaken in relation to physical and human geography. All A Level students will complete one Independent Investigation, which will be a non-examined assessment and must draw on fieldwork - this is 20% of the A Level. 

Course content

Course Details  Dynamic Landscapes - Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Landscape Systems, Processes and Change - Coastal Landscapes   Dynamic Places - Globalisation, Shaping and Regenerating Places  Physical Systems and Sustainability - The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, the Carbon Cycle and Energy Security, Climate Change Futures  Human Systems and Geopolitics - Superpowers, Global Development and Connections and Health, Human Rights and Intervention 
The A Level course is assessed by 3 examinations at the end of Year 13: Paper 1 is worth 30% of the overall grade. Paper 2 is worth 30% of the overall grade. Paper 3 is worth 20% of the overall grade. Independent investigation is worth 20% of the overall grade. 

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants achieving a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.  In total students need to have achieved at least six GCSEs of which at least four subjects are at Grade 6 (or Grade B). In addition students must meet subject entry requirements. Students meeting only the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are likely to find the choice of subjects which they can access is restricted. 

Subject specific GCSE requirements: Grade 6 or above in GCSE Geography or in History/Religious Studies as well as a Grade 6 or above in English Language or Literature. Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel 

Further information

From September 2018, MGGS will be offering two pathways at the start of Year 12. These are:

Pathway 1: 3 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme

Pathway 2: 4 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme (For students achieving at least 8 A* or A / 9-7 grades)

Decisions on whether students do Pathway 1 or 2 will not be made until after GCSE results are published in August 2018.

All students should list five subjects in preference order. The first three will be your preferred A level choices and the fourth and fifth will be considered as reserve choices. If you would like to be considered for Pathway 2, you will be able to indicate this at your Guidance Meeting in February.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maidstone Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years