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Geography (A Level) (AQA) at Wilson's School

Course description

The geography syllabus provides a balanced geographical education which builds on GCSE knowledge. The content is taught to emphasise the unity of the subject through reference to the concepts, theories, principles and practice appropriate to the study of both physical and human geography.

Course content

Lower Sixth units:

  • Physical Geography: Coastal landscapes and change, tectonic processes and hazards, geography fieldwork investigation (Dorset) and geographical skills
  • Human Geography and geography fieldwork investigation: Globalisation, regenerating places (rural and urban change including a study of population and migration), geography fieldwork investigation (Bournemouth) and geographical skills

Upper Sixth units:

  • Physical Geography: Water and carbon cycles, the carbon cycle and energy security, revision of tectonic processes and hazards
  • Human Geography and geography fieldwork investigation: Global systems and global governance, superpowers, health, human rights and intervention, revision of regenerating places (rural and urban change including a study of population migration)
  • Geographical Investigation: Students complete a synoptic paper which requires them to bring together their knowledge from across human and physical geography. The exam will centre around a geographical issue and the students will receive a pre-release booklet of information to guide them in revision
  • Geographical Investigation: Students complete an investigation which must include data collected in the field (Dorset). 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

Assessment

AS Level examinations are taken at the end of the Lower Sixth year, based on the content covered in that year of study.

A Level examinations are taken at the end of the Upper Sixth year, based on the content covered in both years of study.

Future opportunities

Geography is often chosen by students who do not want to specialise too rigidly at 16+, but it is a challenging, respected and useful degree subject at university which can lead into either a BSc or BA degree in geography or into other associated degrees such as oceanography, marine studies, environmental management, geology, town planning, etc. In terms of employment it is a subject that provides many openings in business management and the professions, the armed services, the civil service and local government. It is highly regarded as a broad-based subject relevant to topical issues and future problems on local and global issues.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilson's School directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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