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Geography A Level at George Stephenson High School

Course description

The AS Level and A Level Geography courses are challenging but highly relevant for the world we live in. The courses address contemporary world problems from a variety of perspectives and aim to help develop an understanding of the relationship between people and their environments, of the challenges faced, and the range of possible solutions.

Course content

AS Level Geography

Physical geography
- Water and carbon cycles
- Hot desert environments and their margins
- Coastal systems and landscapes
- Hazards

Human geography
- Global systems and global governance
- Changing places
- Contemporary urban environments
- Geography fieldwork investigation

A Level Geography

Physical geography
- Water and carbon cycles
- Hot desert environments and their margins
- Coastal systems and landscapes
- Hazards
- Ecosystems under stress
- Cold environments

Human geography
- Global systems and global governance
- Changing places
- Contemporary urban environments
- Population and the environment
- Resource security
- Geography investigation

Students complete a 3,000-4,000 individual investigation on data collected at High Borrans. The investigation is worth 20% of the A Level.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to C, including a grade B or above in Geography.

Assessment

Year 1:

The course will be assessed through two examinations at the end of the year. This will include both a physical Geography paper and a human Geography and fieldwork paper. Each examination will be 1 hours 30 minutes in length and account for 50% of the Geography AS Level.

Year 2:

The course will be assessed through two examinations at the end of the second year. This will include both a physical Geography paper and a human Geography paper. Each examination will be 2 hours 30 minutes in length and account for 40% of the Geography A Level.

Further information

The course includes a residential visit to High Borrans in the Lake District during a weekend in the October of Year 12. The students will carry out practical activities and develop skills needed for the AS and A Level courses whilst in the Lake District.

Geography contributes strongly to employability as it will develop a wide range of sought after skills, and is relevant to the following fields: media, army and the law, location analysis, event management, conservation, town planning and banking, along with many others. Many of the skills you will learn in Geography are transferable to other AS and A Level subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact George Stephenson High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 February 2017

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