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Geography AS/A-Level at Ravens Wood School

Course description

Geography is the most relevant subject of our time! It poses and answers questions about the most important issues in our world today. Is climate change a reality, and if so, how will it affect us? What impact did the 2012 Olympics have on London? How much do coastlines matter? Are natural hazards really increasing, and if they are, why? Will China ever be a true global superpower? Is it true that a billion people on our planet are food insecure? If you are interested in current affairs and have a hunger to find out the answers to these – and many more questions, then Geography is for you!

Course content

You will develop skills that are directly transferable into many degree courses and jobs. In particular, Geographers are valued for their skills of:

  • Communication – in writing essays and reports, discussion, presentation and group work
  • IT – use of Geographical information systems, researching and presenting work
  • Analysis – through the interpretation of map and statistical data, and discursive work
  • Team work – in fieldwork and group tasks, enquiry and debate Problem solving – through geographical investigation and decision making exercises

Fieldwork is a major strength of the department and vital in consolidating a student’s understanding of issues tackled in the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to participate in residential fieldwork in Dorset, as well as examining rebranding strategies at Docklands and the Olympic venue, and the impact of the Turner Gallery flagship development in Margate. All A level students will complete one independent investigation, which will be a non-examined assessment and must draw on fieldwork: this is 20% of the A level.

Entry requirements

B or above in Geography and English Language or Literature.


Method of Assessment – Year 12

Area of study 1: Dynamic Landscapes

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Climate Change Futures
  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 30% of the qualification

Area of study 2: Dynamic Places

  • Shaping Places
  • Global Development and Connections
  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 30% of the qualification

Method of Assessment – Year 13

Area of study 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability

Area of study 4: Human Systems and Geopolitics

  • Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • 20% of the qualification

Coursework: independent investigation

  • Students define a question or issue for investigation producing a 3000-4000 word written report
  • 20% of the final mark
  • Non-examined assessment 20% of the qualification

Future opportunities

Geography has a high academic status at university level, both as a stand-alone course or as part of a joint honours course with subjects such as Archaeology, Economics, Land Management, Earth Sciences, Sociology and Public Health.

There are few careers that Geography does not provide an essential background for and the options for Geographers are vast. Geographers are fantastically employable and because the A level is issues and skills based, it gives students the background to gain work and opportunities in a variety of jobs which may or may not have a geographical context. These may include the media, management, law, meteorology, architecture, engineering, leisure, national and local government, the civil service, planning, conservation and environmental work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

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