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Geography A Level at Mount Grace School

Course description

A Level Geography will change to a new specification in September 2016. Chancellor’s and Mount Grace Geography Departments will be changing to the AQA Board and the Subject Code will be: 7037 This will be a full, two year, linear A Level course.

Course content

What will you be learning?

Physical Geography

  • Water and Carbon Cycles - Water cycle, Carbon cycle, relationship between water, carbon and climate, rainforests, water catchment.
  • Coastal Systems and Landscapes - Coasts as natural systems, coastal processes, coastal landscape development and management, UK coastal locations.
  • Hazards - The concept of ‘hazards’, focus upon the lithosphere and atmosphere, volcanic and seismic hazards, storm hazards.

Human Geogaphy

  • Global Systems and Governance - International trade and access to markets, globalisation, forms and patterns, impacts, responses to globalisation, the global commons, threats to Antarctica and their management.
  • Changing Places - Nature and the importance of places, knowing and understanding places, the dynamics of changing places, place studies.
  • Resource Security - Resource development, natural resource issues, water security, energy security, resource futures.

Geographical Investigation

Students complete an individual independent investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. The independent investigation must:

  • be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student individually to address aims, questions
  • and/or hypotheses relating to any part of the specification content
  • incorporate field data and/or evidence from field investigations
  • draw on the student’s own research and/or secondary data
  • require the student to independently contextualise, analyse and draw conclusions
  • involve presentation and analysis of data and findings, and extended writing

There will be a residential field course to the Cranedale Centre in North Yorkshire to support data collection, analysis, conclusion and evaluation.

Entry requirements

Candidates who wish to study Geography require a minimum of a Grade B at GCSE Geography and preferable a B grade in English.

Assessment

Physical Geography will be examined in the form of a written exam of 2 hours and 30 minutes duration. It will be worth 96 marks and represent 40% of the A Level.

Human Geography will be examined in the form of a written exam of 2 hours and 30 minutes duration. It will be worth 96 marks and represent 40% of the A Level.

The Investigation will be 3,000 – 4,000 words in length. Worth 35 marks. It represent 20% of the A Level. Will be marked by Chancellor’s Geography teachers and moderated by the AQA Board.

Future opportunities

University: Geography A Level forms the basis for further specialist study of Geography at degree level. Qualifications in Geography can lead to careers within planning and management, tourism, land management, oceanography, law and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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