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Geography AS/A2 at The Brakenhale Academy

Course description

This specification allows students to develop:
 their understanding of geographical concepts and processes to understand and interpret our changing world;
 as global citizens who recognise the challenges of sustainability and the implications for the own and others' lives;
 connections between the different aspects of Geography;
 intellectual skills, such as critically evaluating theories and judging evidence in order to make informed decisions and to develop reasoned arguments;
 research skills, such as using a range of technical methods for the collection and analysis of spatial and environmental data, and undertaking fieldwork;
 transferable skills, such as teamwork, problem solving, IT skills, communication skills (presentation, writing, debating).
What will I study?
At AS, the following units are studied:
 Rivers, floods and management (compulsory)
 Population change (compulsory)
 Coastal environments
 Energy issues
Students will also complete a fieldwork investigation within one of these four units that will be assessed.
At A2, the following units will be studied:
 Plate tectonics and associated hazards
 Weather and climate and associated hazards
 World cities
Students will also complete a fieldwork investigation that will be examined.
How will I be Assessed?
At AS, students will sit two examination papers:
Unit 1 focuses on the content that has been taught, last 2 hours and consists of short answer questions. It is worth 70% of the AS grade (and 35% of the A2 grade).
Unit 2 focuses on geographical skills relating to the piece of fieldwork undertaken. It lasts 1 hour and consists of short answer questions. It is worth 30% of the AS grade (and 15% of the A2 grade).
How will I be Assessed?
At A2, students will sit two examination papers.
Unit 3 focuses on the content that has been taught and lasts for 2 ½ hours. It is split into three sections; students must answer one set of short answer questions from sections A and B and then choose one essay title from section C. It is worth 30% of the A2 grade.
Unit 4A comprises of a investigative piece of fieldwork. Students must complete the fieldwork, including a full write up and will assessed in an exam which lasts 1 ½ hours and consists of short answer questions about the students fieldwork, as well as fieldwork skills. It is worth 20% of the A2 grade.
What does it lead to?
Geography develops a wide range of skills that can be used in almost any career. Employment opportunities are extensive, with careers in journalism and the media, the business world, the travel and tourism industry as well as in typical geographical careers such as meteorology. Employers are keen to make use of the intellectual, research and transferable skills that are developed through this course.
Geography is also a good A Level to have for applications to university, due to its broad base of knowledge and skills that are transferable to a lot of courses.


Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Brakenhale Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 years