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Geography A Level at Cleeve School

Course description

The Geography Department will be following the AQA Geography Syllabus.

This qualification is linear, meaning that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of Year 13. The course is divided into three components:
• Physical Geography
• Human Geography
• Geographical Investigation.

Physical Geography
This section is designed to focus on the world’s great landscapes, and the natural systems that operate. These are major elements in the natural environment and understanding them is fundamental to many aspects of world geography. The content invites students to contemplate the magnitude and significance of the physical environment at a variety of scales, their relevance to wider geography and their central importance for human populations.

Topics studied include: water & carbon cycles; coastal systems; hazards; ecosystems under stress & cold environments.

Human Geography
Increased interdependence and transformed relationships between peoples, states and environments have prompted attempts at a global level to manage and govern some aspects of human affairs. Students engage with important dimensions of these phenomena with particular emphasis on international trade and access to markets; and the areas over which no nation exerts sovereignty such as the deep seabed and Antarctica.

Topics studied include: Global systems and governance; changing places; contemporary urban environments; population and the environment; resource security.

Throughout both sections students contemplate many complex dimensions of contemporary world affairs and their own place in and perspective on them. Study in both of these sections offers the opportunity to exercise and develop observation skills, measurement and geospatial mapping skills, together with data manipulation and statistical skills, including those associated with and arising from fieldwork.

Students are also required to undertake an independent investigation. This must incorporate a significant element of fieldwork. Independent in this context does not mean lone working. They may incorporate field data and/or evidence from field investigations collected individually or in groups. What is important is that students work on their own on contextualising, analysing and reporting of their work to produce an independent investigation with an individual title that demonstrates required fieldwork knowledge, skills and understanding.

Course content

Physical geography
1. Water and carbon cycles
2. Hot desert environments and their margins
3. Coastal systems and landscapes
4. Hazards
5. Ecosystems under stress
6. Cold environments
How it’s assessed
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of A Level

Human geography
7. Global systems and global governance
8. Changing places
9. Contemporary urban environments
10. Population and the environment
11. Resource security
How it’s assessed
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of A Level
Geography investigation
Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.
How it’s assessed
• 3,000 - 4,000 words
• 20% of A Level
• marked by teacher

Entry requirements

If studied at GCSE, a B grade in Geography is required. If not studied at GCSE, students should have achieved a grade 5 in English or a B grade in a Humanities subject.

Future opportunities

Geography is designed to help equip students for life in the 21st Century, giving them a range of skills that can be used at university, or in a wide range of jobs. Geography is a well-designed course which encompasses so many different career opportunities, to include; Teaching, Forestry Ranger, GIS Specialist, Town Planning, Architecture, Geologist, Tourism, Disaster Management, Flood Protection, Environment Agency, Remote Sensing, Cartography, Conservation and County Council Guidance & Management. Career opportunities could range from local to global.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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