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Geography A-Level at St Clement Danes School

Course description

Aims

  • Students will have the opportunity to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply their own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around them
  • The A level course takes an issues-based approach to studying geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation and responses to hazards
  • Students will the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners
  • Students will be given the opportunity to undertake fieldwork that encourages them to apply and evaluate theory in the real world

Fieldwork is an integral part of the A Level course. Fieldwork will be a compulsory elements of both the AS and A2 courses. Geography is an all-embracing subject. Students need an interest in and concern for the environment and current affairs. Geography is a good choice for those who wish to broaden their studies to cover Sciences and Humanities as it has elements of both. Geography is not only an appropriate qualification for a wide range of higher education courses but also delivers all the key skills now required for universities and the work place. Geography specifications have yet to be accredited by QCA and are still under review. The exam description outline is only a guide to the programme of study currently proposed. Further details will be released following accreditation and a decision by the school.

Course content

AS

Physical Geography

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Landscape Systems, Processes and Change to include the sub topic Coastal Landscapes & Change

Human Geography

  • Globalisation, Shaping Places to include the sub topic Regenerating Places

A2

Physical Geography

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Landscape Systems, Processes and Change to include the sub topic Coastal Landscapes & Change, Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security, Climate Change Futures

Human Geography

  • Globalisation, Shaping Places to include the sub topic Regenerating Places, Superpowers, Global Development and Connections

Entry requirements

Attain at least a C grade in English Language/English Literature GCSE or Mathematics GCSE. Geography: B or if not studied: English/ English Language: B & Additional Science: B.

Assessment

AS

Unit 1 - 1 ½ hours Assessed through multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and resource-linked questions including 9-mark and 12-mark extended writing questions as well as questions assessing both physical and human geography fieldwork.

Unit 2 - 1 ½ hours Assessed through multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and resource-linked questions including 9-mark and 12-mark extended writing questions as well as questions assessing both physical and human geography fieldwork.

A2

Unit 1 - 2 hours The examination includes 10-mark and 15-mark extended writing questions.

Unit 2 - 2 hours The examination includes 10-mark and 15-mark extended writing questions.

Unit 3 - 1 ¾ hour The examination includes 6-mark, 15-mark and 18-mark extended writing questions.

Coursework: Independent Investigation - A 3,000-4,000 word written report based on the analysis and evaluation of a fieldwork investigation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Clement Danes School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

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

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