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Geography A Level at Nailsea School

Course description

In this newly changed A Level course, students will study a wide range of geographical concepts.

Unit 1: Tectonic Process and Hazards

  • Landscape Systems and Processes, with a focus on coastal landscapes.
  • Water cycle and water insecurity
  • Carbon cycle and energy security
  • Climate change futures

Unit 2: Globalisation

  • Shaping Places, with a focus on regeneration of rural and urban areas.
  • Superpowers
  • Migration identity and sovereignty

Unit 3: Synoptic paper which links together the learning from unit 1 and 2 based around an issue chosen by the exam board.

Unit 4: Coursework based on field work from a 3 day residential trip to Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Field work will be carried out during the course. This involves a residential trip away at a cost per student.

Entry requirements

In order to start the AS/A Level course you should have achieved a grade 5 at GCSE in Geography. However,it might be possible to start the course even if you have not studied Geography at GCSE. Please ask advice from Geography teachers. Several topics covered in the course are developments of work covered at GCSE, but others are new. What is important is that you should have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the environment and current affairs, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

Those of you who have studied GCSE Geography will find that the knowledge, un-derstanding and the skills you have learned will prove a valuable foundation for study at this level.

To be successful at A Level it would be expected that a student would have gained 5 or more GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including Geography (if taken). Special consid-eration will also be given to other written subjects such as RE.

Entry to the Sixth Form is not automatic, but depends on:

Achieving 5 grade 4s or above for entry to level 3 courses and meeting the individual entry requirements of your chosen Level 3 courses.

Assessment


Unit 1: Tectonic Process and Hazards - 30%of A Level

Unit 2: Globalisation - 30% of A Level

Unit 3: Synoptic paper which links together the learning from unit 1 and 2 based around an issue chosen by the exam board - 20% of A Level

Unit 4: Coursework based on field work from a 3 day residential trip to Pembrokeshire, South Wales - 20% of A Level

Coursework: 20%

Examination: 80%

Awarding Body: Edexcel

Future opportunities

Geography is widely recognised as a subject that offers skills that can be up-dated to any job. The decision making skills are valuable in our ever changing world.

Further information

Student Profile

Year: 13

A Levels: English Language, History, Geography

Level 2 Courses studied: In Geography I gained an A grade at GCSE, this certainly gave me extra confidence to take on the subject at A Level.

What I like about this course: I enjoy Sixth Form because I feel fortunate to be able to learn in a calm and friendly envi-ronment as well as being given extra freedom. Having my own car means that Sixth Form lunchtimes are a lot more fun, compared to younger years. Sixth form also sees you grow closer to teachers and this certainly helps you in your learning.

My advice: The transition from Year 11 to Year 12 is relatively easy as you are surrounded by your friends who are all going through the same transition. The level of work certainly has increased majorly; you are expected to carry out a lot more independent research too. However, you do feel like you have fully deserved a rest by the weekend. Missing lessons is not an option as you soon will find yourself behind the class.

My advice for Year 11s would be to carry out research on their respective courses during the summer before they begin Year 12. I did this and I certainly believe

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 December 2017

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