Geography A Level at Park High School
Geography is and exciting and dynamic subject that allows us to analyse some of the day to day landscapes and events that surround us. The course we have chosen to follow from September 2016 is the EdExcel course. This is an issues based approach to studying Geography; enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change, and issues of identity. Many of these issues are regularly highlighted in the news and as our economic, political and physical environments around us are evolving; Geography has never been more relevant. Geography covers a number of different topics over a two year course.
You will be taught the units by different teachers although many overlap due to the synoptic nature of the course.
Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change with option 2A: Glaciated Landscapes and Change
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Topic 3: Globalisation
Topic 4: Shaping places with option 4B: Diverse Places
Topic 7: Superpowers
Topic 8: Global Development and Connections with option 8B: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
GCSE grades (minimum) required to enrol on this course:
Grade 6 or above at GCSE Grade 5 in English Language Grade 4 in Mathematics
Geography is assessed by written examinations and an Individual Investigation. There are two more ‘knowledge’ based exams and one more synoptic/skills based exam.
Unit 1 - 2 hrs 15 mins - 105 marks - 30% weighting
Unit 3 - 2 hrs 15 mins - 70 marks - 20% weighting
Unit 4 - Written report of 3000-4000 words. Students define a question of issue for investigation based on fieldwork - 20% weighting
The course includes some compulsory fieldwork which forms the basis of your individual investigation – this is worth 20% of your ALevel and is therefore a valuable contribution towards your final grade.
At University Geography can of course be studied as a subject in its’ own right. There are many forms of Geography courses offered at universities both BA and BSC courses, as well as many joint honours such including subjects such as Economics, Geology, and Languages. Geography is considered a facilitating subject by the Russell Group Universities and so can be used to support entry into a number of subjects including Engineering, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Town Planning, Law (please note this is not an exhaustive list but rather a guide)
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Park High School directly.