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Geography AS/A Level at Hall Cross Academy

Course description

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography.

With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study.

Whatever your passion in the world - fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality - geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.

Course content

AS Level

Component 1: Physical geography and people and the environment Written exam worth 50% of AS. 80 marks in a 1 hour 30 minutes exam. Multiple-choice, short answer and longer answer questions on:

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Hazards Component

Component 2: Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation Written exam worth 50% of AS. 80 marks in a 1 hour 30 minutes exam Multiple-choice, short answer and longer answer questions on:
  • Global systems and global governance.
  • Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills. This includes questions relating to a field trip.
 A Level

Component 1: Physical geography

  • Section A: Water and carbon cycles
  • Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Section C: Hazards


This is in the form of a written exam lasting 2 hours 30 minutes containing 96 marks worth of questions and being equivalent to 40% of the A-level.

Component 2: Human geography

 

  • Section A: Global systems and global governance
  • Section B: Changing places
  • Section C: Population and the environment This is also in the form of a written exam lasting 2 hours 30 minutes containing 96 marks worth of questions and being equivalent to 40% of the A-level.

 

Component 3: Geographical investigation Students complete an individual 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.

  • 3,000–4,000 words
  • 35 marks
  • 20% of A-level

In summary the geographical content studied is proposed to be:

Physical geography:

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards


Human geography:

 

  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Population and the environment

 

Entry requirements

B grade in English Language/Literature and preferably a B grade in GCSE Maths.

Assessment

The new A-Level Geography is 80% exam based with an independent enquiry worth 20%.

The new AS Geography is 100% exams based.

Future opportunities

Geography is the only A-Level subject offered that is both an art and a science.

Studying geography provides you with an insight into a range of practical, social, economic and environmental issues. In addition to core geographic skills, for example field work and the use of specialist field equipment, preparing maps and diagrams and using social survey and interpretative methods, you also develop a range of key skills that are relevant to many jobs and sectors.

Further information

There is a requirement for fieldwork at AS and A-Level which will involve a residential trip.

Drop-in revision sessions are available everyday after school and students are encouraged to contact staff and share resources with other students via email.

We have a wealth of resources on our school VLE site which we expect students to access on a regular basis as well as a variety of up to date textbook and periodical literature in the library.

It is essential that our A-Level students are inquisitive people who have a good knowledge of current affairs available through the online press and television news.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hall Cross Academy directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2016
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