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Geography A Level at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College

Course description

Is Geography for me?
If you…
- have an interest in the world around you
- have an interest in current affairs
- want to study a subject that is relevant to your own life and experiences
- want to do practical as well as class based work
- want a subject that considers both people and the environment
- enjoy travelling and finding out about people, places, landscapes and events A Level Geography is for you!

Course content

The Geography Department will be following the new AQA specification which was launched in September 2016.

To gain an AS grade, students must cover:

Component 1: Physical Geography and People and the Environment
Section A: either Water and Carbon Cycles or Hot Desert Environments and their Margins or Coastal Systems and Landscapes
Section B: either Hazards or Contemporary Urban Environments

Component 2: Human Geography and Geography Fieldwork Investigation
Section A: either Global Systems and Global Governance or Changing Places
Section B: Geography Fieldwork Investigation and Geographical Skills

To gain a full A Level, students must cover:

Component 1: Physical Geography
Section A: Water and Carbon Cycles
Section B: either Hot Desert Environments and their Margins or Coastal Systems and Landscapes
Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress or Cold Environments

Component 2: Human Geography
Section A: Global Systems and Global Governance
Section B: Changing Places
Section C: either Contemporary Urban Environments or Population and the Environment or Resource Security

Component 3: Geographical Investigation
Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based upon a question or issue related to any part of the specification content.

Entry requirements

The course has been designed for candidates who have successfully completed a GCSE course, gaining a grade C or above.

At a personal level you should be interested in the world around you and in learning about people, places and environments. The course will encourage you to be interested in local and global issues and in practical work outside the classroom.

Future opportunities

The skills developed in Geography are considered to be important by almost all employers. With an AS or A Level in Geography you will have the widest possible higher education and career opportunities. The variety of career paths open to geographers is huge and includes careers such as social workers, geologists, journalists, crime analyst, accountants, weather presenters, lawyers and travel consultants (to name but a few!)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 20 March 2017
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