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Geography *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College

Course description

Geography is available at both AS and A2 levels. As a subject that spans both the Sciences and the Arts, it combines with any subject and often acts as a bridge between disparate subjects. It is not essential, depending on individual circumstance, to have studied Geography at GCSE.

Geography is sometimes labelled as a subject that is ‘jack of all trades, master of none’. This flexibility and breadth is exactly its strength. The subject draws upon other disciplines, but makes sense of them in relation to one another, our world and the people that live on it. It is a living and contemporary subject, tackling a wide variety of issues and questions in both the physical and human worlds, and the interactions between people and their environment. The A level includes looking at some of the greatest threats to our world, international conflicts, HIV/AIDS and Global Warming.

Fieldwork is an integral part of the course. The Sixth Form have a residential course at Dale Fort field studies centre and other one day trips. These visits allow pupils to observe in detail and measure the real world, rather than simply studying it in isolation in the classroom. They also provide the material for the fieldwork practical examination questions that act as a substitute for coursework, as there is no coursework in either the AS or A2 years.

ICT is constructively used by pupils (and staff) to facilitate geographical understanding and acquisition of skills. These skills are an integral part of the course, focusing on numeracy, literacy and graphical skills, all important in later life whether it be at university or in the world of work. By the conclusion of the course, pupils will appreciate the important role of geographers in today’s world and why Michael Palin has said, “Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future”.

Course content

At AS, all candidates will study core human and physical geography. In each area of study candidates will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Candidates will also develop a variety of geographical skills, which will broaden and deepen existing knowledge and be employed with a greater degree of independence.

At A2, candidates will continue to study a combination of human and physical geography. Candidates are also required to complete a fieldwork investigation and skills paper.

In studying Geography, an interest in global issues is essential, as is an awareness of current affairs, as time will be spent studying case studies from both the more economically developed and less economically developed worlds.

Assessment

We follow the AQA Examining Board.

 

The AS specification has 2 units:

Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography

Topic list

  • Rivers, floods and management
  • Glacial environments
  • Global population change
  • The Geography of Health

Externally assessed Written Paper: 2 hours

Weighting: 70% of total AS / 35% A Level marks

Structured short and extended questions.

Unit 2: Applied Geography

Topic list

  • Basic, investigative, ICT, graphical, cartographical and statistical skills
  • Research skills and the assessment of AS fieldwork

Externally assessed Written Paper: 1 hour

Weighting: 30% of total AS / 15% A Level marks

Structured skills and generic research/fieldwork questions.

 

At A2, candidates will continue to study a combination of human and physical geography. Candidates are also required to complete a fieldwork investigation and skills paper.

The A2 specification has 2 units:

Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues

Topic list

  • Plate tectonics and associated hazards
  • Weather and climate and associated hazards
  • World cities – evolution or revolution?

Externally assessed Written Paper: 2 hours 30 minutes

Weighting: 30% of total A Level marks

Structured short and extended questions and a synoptic essay.

Unit 4A: Geographical Fieldwork Investigation

Externally assessed Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 20% of total A Level marks

Structured short and extended questions based on candidates’ fieldwork investigation and fieldwork skills.

Financial information

**FEES PAYABLE**

Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

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

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