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GEOGRAPHY - AS/A2 Level (AQA) at The Crypt School

Course description

Both AS & A2 Geography are one year courses and are offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

The specification has a two unit Advanced Subsidiary (AS), qualification. This is the 'first half’ of the 'A' Level course. The other ‘half’ comes from two A2 units studied in the second year of 'A' Level. You can just take the 'AS' Level on its own.

AS Level:

Unit 1 (GEOG1) 70% of the total AS marks 35% of the total A-level marks The physical units studied will include: Rivers, floods and management and a choice of one of the following – Cold environments, Hot desert environments and their margins, and Coastal environments. The human units will include: Population change and a choice of one of the following – Food supply issues, Energy issues and Health issues. Units in bold are the areas currently studied.

Unit 2 (GEOG2) 30% of the total AS marks 15% of the total A-level marks This will assess the ability of candidates to apply their knowledge and skills to unseen information/resources and with reference to fieldwork. A range of skills taken from at least three of the six categories; basic, investigative, ICT, graphical, cartographical and statistical will be examined in each exam series. Investigative skills, and consequently the assessment of fieldwork, will always be tested in this paper. Candidates will therefore need to take part in personal investigative work in the field to ensure familiarity with these. Details of Fieldwork: A three day residential trip at the end of October/start of November to Appledore, North Devon. This will give the candidates the opportunity to learn about aspects of the course first hand and to develop the skills and knowledge required for the Skills assessment section in the AS examination

A2 Level:

Unit 3 (GEOG3) : Contemporary Geographical Issues 30% of the total A-level marks In this unit, candidates must study at least three of the six sections, at least one from the three Physical options and at least one from the three Human options. The Physical units comprise of: Plate tectonics and associated hazards, Weather and climate and associated hazards and Ecosystem change and challenge. The Human units comprise of: World cities, Development and globalisation and Contemporary conflict and challenges. Units in bold are the areas currently studied.

Either Unit 4A (GEOG4A) Structured short and extended questions based on candidates own fieldwork investigation A2 Unit 4A: Geography Fieldwork Investigation 1½ hours 20% of the total A-level marks Unit 4A will be assessed in a 1½ hour examination, with open ended questions being set which will differ from series to series. The examination may include questions on any stages of the fieldwork process. Each candidate should bring his/her fieldwork folder into the examination and use this to analyse and evaluate their own data and results in response to the questions set.

Or Unit 4B (GEOG4B) Structured short and extended questions based on an Advance Information Booklet, pre-released on 1 April and 1 November each series. A2 Unit 4B: Geographical Issue Evaluation 1½ hours 20% of the total A-level marks

We currently sit the 4B option.

Entry requirements

As well as the standard Crypt Sixth form entry requirements, a minimum of a B grade at GCSE is required

Assessment

AS

Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography The exam format comprises of structured short and extended questions and lasts for 2 hours.

Unit 2: Geographical Skills Structured skills and generic fieldwork questions 1 hour

A2

Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues The exam format comprises of structured short and extended questions and an essay and lasts for 2½ hours. 

Unit 4B: Geographical Issue Evaluation Structured short and extended questions based on a pre-released Advance Information Booklet and lasts 1½ hours.

Financial information

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Future opportunities

Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment and studying geography will provide you with transferable skills and a firm base for life-long learning. Geographers look at issues from a wide perspective and develop a range of skills which are attractive to a very broad range of future employers.

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_geography_job_options.htm

http://www.rgs.org/GeographyToday/Geography+Today.htm

Town planning/urban regeneration

Coastal management

Hazard management

Sustainable development

Tackling world inequality Mineral resource exploration

National park management

Environment Agency/consultants

Transport sector

Land reclamation

Finance, accountancy and construction

Geotechnical engineering

Meteorology

Armed Services

Further information

Who should apply for the course?

At a personal level, you should be interested in the world around you and in learning about people, places and environments. The course will encourage you to be interested in local and global issues and in practical work outside the classroom.

Up to date knowledge of current affairs is essential.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Both AS & A Level are 1 year courses

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