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Geography A'Level at Newstead Wood School

Course description

At Newstead Wood the Geography department follows the Edexcel Specification for AS and A level as an up to date, relevant and progressive course to best reflect our changing world. In the AS course and the first year of the A level course topics of study include Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Coastal Landscape and Change, Regenerating Places and Globalisation. For A level students the second year includes Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity, Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, Superpowers and Global Development.

Assessment at AS level is over two examination papers including both course content and fieldwork. The A level content is assessed over three examination papers, including a synoptic paper drawing together concepts around a specific issue. Students also design and carry out their own fieldwork which will be assessed as a Independent Investigation report, accounting for 20% of the overall grade.

Course content

The AS and A level courses are taught across multiple teachers. Lessons use a range of approaches such as class discussion, presentations, research and interactive tools such as GIS to suit students’ interests and strengths. Participation in fieldwork is an essential component of the course and includes both day and residential opportunities. At AS level this fieldwork will be assessed in examination while at A level students will undertake an individual investigation of their own making. The aim of the course is to enhance written, verbal and numerical communication skills, develop spatial awareness, current affairs and environmental understanding through teamwork, problem solving and creative use of ICT. The course teaches the ability to select appropriate research methodologies for a range of enquiries including fieldwork and secondary data. It enhances the skills of evaluation and interpretation through critical examination of evidence leading to heightened problem analysis and decision making skills.

Entry requirements

Students who have studied Geography at GCSE need at least a GCSE grade A. Students who have not studied GCSE Geography will be considered with a grade A in a related subject– please contact the Head of Geography.

Future opportunities

Fieldwork is a compulsory element of Geography. Students at both AS and A level attend a residential trip to South Devon in November of the lower sixth together with numerous day trips to locations such as Hastings, London Docklands, Olympic Park, lecture events etc.

Students who study Geography are among the most employable in society. They develop a detailed grasp of cultural, political, economic and environmental issues at a range of scales and the holistic understanding of the relationships between human and physical systems demanded by degree courses and employers. They experience the full range of transferable skills of communication, organisation, critical thinking and analysis, the ability to research and give presentations and extensive reports. They understand and integrate numeracy, literacy and communication technology to a high standard. Geography A-level is directly relevant to a wide range of careers here and abroad including Architecture, Travel and Tourism, Resource Marketing, Personnel, Civil Engineering, Meteorology, Environmental Management and many more. Equally Geography is regarded as a highly desirable A-level subject by every university for every course. 

Further information

Geography students at Newstead regularly achieve high grades at both AS and A levels. For example in 2016, 85% of A level students achieved an A or A* grade. Around half of A level Geography students move on to read Geography or a closely related subject, at Russell group Universities as well as Oxford and Cambridge

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newstead Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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