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Geography A Level at Preston Manor School

Course description

Geography A Level gives students the opportunity to develop an in‐depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of interactions between people and the environment questions. Students will develop skills that are valuable to Higher Education institutions and potential employers including critical analysis, reflective thinking and independent research. Students will explore a range of issues and examine potential solutions to them. There are opportunities for residential fieldwork and studies of local environmental and social issues. The course will also have a high Maths and ICT content, including the use of GIS software. The course complements Biology, Maths, Government and Politics, Sociology and Economics.

Course content

Year 12 Content

Unit 1 Dynamic Landscapes

Study of the causes, impacts and management of Tectonic hazards, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and secondary hazards including tsunamis and liquefaction. Study of the processes that create coastal landforms and how humans alter and manage these landforms. Study the impact of climate change on coastal environments and communities.

Unit 2 Dynamic Places

Study of the causes and impacts of Globalisation on different groups of people and the consequences for Global Development. Examination of which areas require regeneration, why regeneration is needed and how we can measure the success of regeneration.

Year 13 Content – In addition to the Year 12 content

Unit 3 Physical Systems and Sustainability

Study the issues surrounding the production, use and management of resources and the disparity in consumption patterns. The topics include:

  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Climate Change Futures

Unit 4 Human Systems and Geopolitics

Examination of the growth, impacts and future implications of Superpowers as well as the social im‐ pacts of Global Development at a National and International level. Students will also examine issues surrounding migration, identity and sovereignty.

Entry requirements

GCSE Geography Grade B+, GCSE English Language Grade 4+ GCSE Mathematics 4+ and GCSE Grade B+ in another written subject.

Assessment

Year 13 Assessment

Physical Systems and Sustainability 2 hours and 15 minutes (30% of full A‐Level) written examination which will include a few multiple‐choice questions, short, open response, calculations and resource‐ linked questions. Students will answer one longer question based on the Physical Geography field‐ work they have undertaken as well as 2 longer questions.

Human Systems and Geopolitics 2 hours and 15 minutes (30% of the full A‐Level) written examination which will include a few multiple‐choice questions, short, open response, calculations and resource‐ linked questions. Students will answer one longer question based on the Human Geography fieldwork they have undertaken as well as 2 longer questions.

Paper 3 2 Hours and 15 minute written examination (20% of the full A‐Level) –A Synoptic assessment of geographical skills, knowledge and understanding (within a place‐based context). Students will be given an unseen resource booklet which they will use in combination with their previous Geographical knowledge to answer questions from different parts of the course.

Independent Investigation (Coursework) – (20% of the full A‐Level grade) A written report based on fieldwork data and research.

Future opportunities

The study of both human society and scientific systems in Geography leads to degree courses in either Sciences, Engineering or Humanities. It can be an additional A Level to support Science degrees, provides support of analytical skills for Law and can lead to IT based Geography degrees opening opportunities to work in the field of Geographical Information Systems (GIS systems include Google Earth, Google Maps and ArcGIS.) Students develop the skills of analysis and interpretation which are highly respected in a variety of careers where effective communication skills are essential such as business management, and Global Development Planning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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