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Geography at Framwellgate School

Course description

Why Study Geography?

Geography provides a strong foundation for understanding both the human and physical aspects of Earth. It develops your understanding of how mankind and the earth work together. Human Geography deals with how people and the environment interact and the way in which they coexist. It also looks at how people and groups move and live in the world around us and how topics in the media affect our everyday lives. Physical Geography is all about the scientific aspects of the world with the emphasis upon how these can be managed.

Students studying Geography will be equipped with a diverse range of skills such as; undertaking research and analysis, teamwork on practical projects, investigating global issues and the ability to interpret natural phenomena. All of these are transferable skills that will be required in other subjects and enhance employment prospects.

The skills developed in Geography are sought after by many employers in a wide variety of careers such as advertising, environmental management, town planning, business and project management. Geography also lends itself well to a number of subject combinations and can be combined with the Arts or the Sciences.

Features of the Course:

To develop a greater depth of understanding, A level Geography is divided into Human and Physical themes.

At AS level you will develop an understanding of core themes in GEOG1; Rivers, Floods and Management, Coastal Environments, Global Population Change and Health Issues and / or Energy. In GEOG2 you will be examined in fieldwork techniques practiced throughout the course during a range of extra-curricular opportunities.

At A2, you will study Plate Tectonics and associated hazards, Ecosystems – Change and Challenge, World Cities and Contemporary Conflicts and Challenges. All students are provided with access to online support and extra resources to extend their learning, as well as a textbook for self-supported study outside of lessons.

Modules covered in Year 12:

Geog 1 – Physical and Human Geography

Geog 2 – Applied Geography

Assessment in Year 12:

Examinations: Unit 1 - 2hours

Unit 2 - 2 hours

Coursework: None


Modules covered in Year 13:

Unit 3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues

Unit 4A – Geography Fieldwork Investigation

Assessment in Year 13:

Examinations: Geog 3 - 2 hours

Geog 4A - 1.5 hours (Exam based upon fieldwork investigation)

Coursework: None

Entry requirements

In order to enrol on sixth form courses, applicants will need to have achieved:

  • 5 A* to C Grades in separate subjects and in addition
  • GCSE Geography Grade B or above

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September