Geography at Swanwick Hall School
COURSE STRUCTURE - AS LEVEL
At AS Level, there are two compulsory units – Rivers, floods and management and Population Change. We then study one physical option from: Cold Environments; Hot desert environments and their margins and Coastal environments, and one human option from: Food supply issues; Energy issues and Health issues. (At the moment, the options we do are Cold Environments and Energy Issues.) Some time is also spent developing your geographical skills – fieldwork and enquiry, maps, graphs, statistics and ICT. In the Autumn Term, we have a day’s fieldwork in the Peak District – looking at the River Dove and how it changes downstream, in preparation for the GEOG2 exam. Just before Easter we have a week in North Wales, where we do a variety of fieldwork – some to consolidate the content of the AS course, and some in preparation for GEO4a – the A2 fieldwork unit. We also take advantage of opportunities offered by organisations such as the Royal Geographical Society, and Sixth Form geographers in recent years have participated in Study Days, Workshops, Decision-Making Exercises and Conferences.
COURSE STRUCTURE – A2 LEVEL
For GEOG3, there are no compulsory units. You are required to study a minimum of three topics, at least one human and at least one physical, from the following lists: HUMAN Contemporary Conflicts and Challenges Development and Globalisation World Cities PHYSICAL Plate Tectonics Ecosystems—Challenge and Change Weather and Climate and Associated Hazards We currently cover four topics – two human and two physical, in order to ensure that you have a broad and balanced Geography experience. GEO4a enables you to carry out your own individual geographical investigation. Although it can be challenging, this allows you to develop a wide range of skills that are of interest to admissions tutors, even if you are not planning to study Geography at university. It also provides you with the basis of a project that can be developed further and entered for the Extended Project Qualification. Year 13 students in the last two years have visited London (investigating the impact of the Olympics in terms of regeneration, looking at the Thames Barrier and Greenwich Millennium Village and studying plate tectonics and sustainability at the Natural History Museum), investigated sand dunes at Holkham in Norfolk, and participated in workshops, study days and conferences. Many Year 13 students also take the opportunity to work with younger geographers – accompanying fieldtrips, assisting in lessons and supporting events like the BBC Geo School News Report.
In order to access this course students must have achieved a minimum of A* - C in 5 different subjects including English and Maths at GCSE Level. Although the A Level course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in Key Stage 4, a GCSE in Geography is not a requirement.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Swanwick Hall School directly.