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Geography A Level at Chew Valley School

Course description

A chance to study the ever-changing planet on which we live. It involves multi-dimensional skills, being a bridge between the arts and the sciences.

Course content

AS Examination

Unit 1 Physical and Human Geography
- Rivers, floods and management
- Population change
- Coastal environments
- Health issues
Structured short and extended questions
2 hours: 70% of the total AS marks, 35% of the total A level marks

Unit 2 Geographical Skills
- A geographical skills paper based on the content of unit 1.
- Skills include investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical. Structured skills and generic fieldwork questions 1 hour: 30% of total AS marks, 15% of total A level marks

A2 Examination

Unit 3 Contemporary Geographical Issues
- An issues-based approach to contemporary geographical themes. Physical topics:
- Plate tectonics and associated hazards
- Weather and climate and associated hazards

Human topics:
- World cities
- Development and globalisation Structured short and extended questions and an essay
2½ hours : 30% of total A-level marks

Unit 4B Geographical Issue Evaluation
- Structured short and extended questions based on an Advance Information Booklet. This unit gives candidates the opportunity to use skills in analysis, synthesis and evaluation. An Advance Information booklet is released two months before the exam to facilitate candidates’ research into an area which extends from the specification content.
1½ hours: 20% of total A level marks.

Entry requirements

Students who are likely to have achieved a Grade C or better at GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chew Valley School directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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