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Geography AS/A Level at Okehampton College

Course description

Summary: Exciting and engaging subject content that enables students to explore popular and contemporary geographical themes and issues.

Areas covered in AS Level Geography

- Paper 1 Dynamic Landscapes is a 1 hour and 30 minute paper which comprises 50% of the qualification. It assesses Tectonic Processes and Hazards and Landscape Systems, Processes and Change which includes an optional topic, of which we will do Coastal Landscapes and Change
- Paper 2 Dynamic Places is a 1 hour and 30 minute paper which comprises 50% of the qualification. It assesses Globalisation and Shaping Places which includes an optional topic, of which we will do Regenerating Places.

There will be two days of fieldwork in Year 12 and there will be a request for a parental contribution towards the cost of the days.

Course content

Areas covered in A Level Geography

- Paper 1 is a two hour exam comprising 30% of the qualification. Students will be re-examined on the content from the first paper in the AS course, as well as The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security and Climate Change Futures.
- Paper 2 is a two hour exam comprising 30% of the qualification. Students will be re-examined on the content from the second paper in the AS course, as well as Superpowers and Global Development and Connections.

These two exams will include short, open response and resource linked questions as well as 10 mark and 15 mark extended writing questions. Calculators may also be used.
- Paper 3 is a one hour and 45 minute exam with 20% of the qualification. This is a synoptic exam, meaning that it assesses the student’s broader knowledge of geography from across the course. It is based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that focuses on the themes of ‘players’, ‘attitudes and actions’ and ‘futures and uncertainties’. The exam ranges from short response questions up to extended writing worth 18 marks.
- Coursework: Independent Investigation worth 20% of the qualification in which students produce a 3000-4000 word written report. Students decide a question or issue for investigation relating to the content of the course. The investigation will include fieldwork data and their own research using both quantitative and qualitative data. They will be expected to present their findings and analyse and evaluate their data.

 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE grades A*-C and a grade B in Geography or English (we will accept a C grade in some circumstances)

Future opportunities

Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas and put simply there is no such thing as a geography job, there are jobs that geographers do. Studying geography provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning. Some careers involve using Geography directly such as town planning, land and water management, tourism and conservation. Moreover, Geography gives students many transferable skills that can be used in many careers, such as good presentation skills, independent research, writing skills and IT skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Okehampton College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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