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Geography A level at The Rodillian Academy

Course description

AQA Geography specification offers a strong foundation in both physical and human geography and in practical applied skills.  It addresses many themes which are, and will be, important during this millennium such as concern for the environment and an appreciation of global changes and inequalities.  The specification allows students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of physical, human and environmental geography whilst also exploring the interrelationships between physical and human environments in a synoptic context.  Fieldwork is important and there is an opportunity for students to spend a week exploring geographical issues in the field in preparation for a geographical skills examination.
            A-level
           Component 1: Physical geography
What’s assessed
Section A: Water and carbon cycles
Section B: Coastal systems
Section C: Hazards
How it’s assessed
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• 96 marks
• 40% of A-level
           Component 2: Human geography
What’s assessed
• Section A: Global systems and global governance
• Section B: Changing places
• Section C: Population and environment
How it’s assessed
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• 96 marks
• 40% of A-level
Component 3: Geographical investigation
What’s assessed
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.
How it’s assessed
• 3,000 – 4,000 words
• 35 marks
• 20% of A-level
• Marked by teachers

Course content

AQA Geography specification offers a strong foundation in both physical and human geography and in practical applied skills.  It addresses many themes which are, and will be, important during this millennium such as concern for the environment and an appreciation of global changes and inequalities.  The specification allows students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of physical, human and environmental geography whilst also exploring the interrelationships between physical and human environments in a synoptic context.  Fieldwork is important and there is an opportunity for students to spend a week exploring geographical issues in the field in preparation for a geographical skills examination.
            A-level
           Component 1: Physical geography
What’s assessed
Section A: Water and carbon cycles
Section B: Coastal systems
Section C: Hazards
How it’s assessed
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• 96 marks
• 40% of A-level
           Component 2: Human geography
What’s assessed
• Section A: Global systems and global governance
• Section B: Changing places
• Section C: Population and environment
How it’s assessed
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• 96 marks
• 40% of A-level
Component 3: Geographical investigation
What’s assessed
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.
How it’s assessed
• 3,000 – 4,000 words
• 35 marks
• 20% of A-level
• Marked by teachers

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above from different subjects, including English and Maths. GCSE Geography at grade C or above is recommended but not essential.

Assessment

           Component 1: Physical geography
What’s assessed
Section A: Water and carbon cycles
Section B: Coastal systems
Section C: Hazards
How it’s assessed
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• 96 marks
• 40% of A-level
           Component 2: Human geography
What’s assessed
• Section A: Global systems and global governance
• Section B: Changing places
• Section C: Population and environment
How it’s assessed
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• 96 marks
• 40% of A-level
Component 3: Geographical investigation
What’s assessed
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.
How it’s assessed
• 3,000 – 4,000 words
• 35 marks
• 20% of A-level
• Marked by teachers

 

Future opportunities

Geography is a subject which is well regarded by University Admissions Tutors and by
employers. Students can go on to study a huge range of Geographical topics and careers such as Business Administration, Land Management, teaching, the Armed Forces, the Police, Law, Local Government, Environmental Risk Planning, Market Analysis, Merchant Banking, Surveying and Leisure and Tourism Management.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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