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Geography A Level at Skipton Girls' High School

Course description

Is this course for me?

If you are interested in social, economic or political events that are currently shaping our world or if you want to know more about the planet we live on and consider how we can carefully manage our use of it then this course is for you. In addition, the course will provide you with valuable skills of data analysis and synthesis which are skills employers highly value.

Course content

AS Qualification Structure: Unit 1 – Physical and Human Geography

This unit investigates the processes leading to several current geographical issues and how we can manage them. You will study: Population and how countries can manage population change, energy issues and how different countries of the world will manage their use of energy in the future, rivers and drainage basins and how we can manage the increasing risk of flooding and finally cold environments and how we can ensure some of the most pristine areas of the world like the Artic remain so.

Unit 2 – Geographical Skills

This unit requires the collection of data which is then presented and analysed back in the classroom. We collect data on a local river to investigate how closely it conforms to accepted theories. An exam then gives students the opportunity to showcase their cartographic, analytical, and fieldwork related skills.

A2 Qualification Structure: Unit 3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues

Students will study 2 physical and 2 human geography topics. These will be plate tectonics and weather and climate for the physical options and world cities and development and globalisation for the human topics. The topics are taught using up to date case studies providing an interesting and stimulating context for investigative study. Assessment is via an exam requiring answers to some short questions sometimes requiring a response to data and also the completion of one essay based on a choice of questions.

Unit 4B – Geographical Issues Evaluation

An advanced information booklet is pre-released to students on a geographical issue. Using the skills they have gained during the course and facilitated by further research into the issue, students must answer questions in an exam using the pre-release material. Past topics have included issues such as sustainable transport and whether it is right to mine resources in countries if it impacts negatively on indigenous communities.

Entry requirements

Previous study at GCSE with a grade B or above in either Geography or Humanities.

Future opportunities

Geographers go into many lines of work. Many geographers can be found working in financial services including leading accountants and fund managers. Geography teaching is a career for which a geography degree is obviously a must but geographers are also highly sought in work requiring highly developed logistical operations such as supermarkets. In addition many geographers also work in environmental management, law, advertising and sales. In short, geography opens doors to many careers and closes very few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Skipton Girls' High School directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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