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Geography A Level at St Ivo School

Course description

The OCR Geography specifications present an exciting and fresh approach to geography, while at the same time offering a strong foundation in both human and physical disciplines, as well as practical skills. It addresses many themes including: • A concern for the environment • An appreciation of global changes and inequalities Fieldwork continues to be a very important aspect of the department’s delivery. There will be a range of opportunities for students to be involved in a very ‘hands on’ course in which students will participate in day trips, as well as a residential field course to Snowdonia.

Course content

The A level course is comprised of 4 assessment components. Component 1 – Physical Systems Component 2 – Human Interactions Component 3 – Geographical Debates Component 4 – Investigative Geography. (Component 4 is an independent investigation undertaken by students in relation to an aspect of the specification.)

Entry requirements

Entry to St Ivo Sixth Form is dependent on attitude to learning and behaviour as well as examination performance. This is set out in a separate document called “Sixth Form Entry Requirements” which is available on the school website. Some subjects will also have subject specific requirements.

Financial information

Fieldwork is an important and integral part of the Geography GCE and a requirement of the exam specification is that students participate in a minimum of four days of fieldwork. As a new course the nature of these fieldwork activities is still being determined but in the past examples have included 2-3 one day trips (approx £20-£25 each) and an important residential fieldtrip in Year 12 to Snowdonia (approx £200). Both Years 12 and 13 may have a chance to also participate in an optional bi-annual international ‘Geographical Experience visit; previous destinations have included Kenya & South Africa – the next of which is likely to be in October 2018 (Western USA – Grand Canyon and National Parks). Please enquire if this would affect your choice to study A level Geography.

Future opportunities

  Geography advanced level provides a wide and varied base for entry into university and many practical professions. It can be successfully combined with both arts and science subjects as a foundation for higher or ongoing education. Opportunities for geography graduates include Cartography, Surveying, Environmental and Ecological work, Teaching and Travel and Tourism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Ivo School directly.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • St Ivo School is situated in the town of St Ives. The sixth form offers nearly 40 subjects at a variety of levels and produces excellent exam results leading to students achieving their higher education and employment outcomes.