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Geography A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

This engaging and contemporary course offers an issues-based approach to studying geography, students are able to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, response to hazards, water insecurity and climate change. Other topics include: Coastal landscapes and change, Energy security, Regenerating places, Superpowers, Health Issues and Migration.
The content gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment and become critical, reflective and independent learners. The course also encourages students to make links between different geographical themes, ideas and concepts through synoptic themes which include; players, attitudes and actions, futures and uncertainties. Geographical skills and fieldwork are also important components of the course.

Course content

There are 4 units that will be assessed:
Unit 1 – A Physical Geography unit.
Unit 2 – A Human Geography unit.
Unit 3 – A synoptic investigation based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and content covered in unit 1 and 2.
Unit 4 – This unit is based around a geographical investigation that the students completes. They will carry out fieldwork as part of this process.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Geography
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics


Unit 1 - 30% of the A level
Unit 2 - 30% of the A level
Unit 3 - 20% of the A level
(Units 1, 2 and 3 include resource-linked questions, short response questions and extended writing questions.)
Unit 4 - Internally assessed and accounts for approximately 20% of the A level

Future opportunities

Almost too many to mention: Economist, travel industry, environment agency, hydrology, meteorology, development agency, oceanography, retail planning, town planning, business, cartography and teaching to name but a few.
However, it is important to note that many universities and careers consider the Geographer’s wide area of knowledge, huge variety of skills and ability to make logical decisions as invaluable.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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    • By Road: From M25 Junction 4, take A21 towards Bromley. After approximately 4 miles turn right onto A232 Crofton Road . Continue for ½ mile and turn right into Mada Road. Turn right again at the end of the road and then immediately left.

      By Rail: Orpington Railway Station is approximately 7 minutes by taxi.

      Car Parking: Visitor car parking is available.