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Geography AS & A2 at Feltham Community College (School)

Course description

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course? It is not a requirement that you should have studied Geography at GCSE in order to take an AS or Advanced GCE course in the subject. Several topics covered in the course are developments of work covered at GCSE, but others are new. What is more important is that you should have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the environment and current affairs, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. If you have studied GCSE Geography you will find that the material and the skills you have learned will prove a valuable foundation for further studies at this level. What will I learn on this Advanced GCE course? ? What are the forces influencing our natural environment – the landscapes, the plants and animals, and the weather and climate? ? What are the issues affecting people and the places where they live? How are cities and the countryside changing? Why are they changing? ? How are people affecting the environment we all live in? What are the opportunities, the challenges and the constraints? ? What are the economic forces that drive the world economy, and how they are changing? ? What decisions are being made about the use and management of resources, and who makes these decisions? ? An appreciation of current events and world problems such as the effects of natural hazards and the plight of refugees ? How to plan a fieldwork investigation – the collection of primary and secondary evidence and how to analyse it ? You will develop the ability to make links and connections across a wide variety of topics ? You will get experience of all six Key Skills ?What kind of student is this course suitable for? ?This course will appeal to those students who have an interest in and concern for the environment ? are interested in current affairs ? enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences ? want the opportunity to carry out practical work outdoors as well as classwork ? enjoy finding out their own answers – not just being taught ? want to broaden their AS or Advanced GCE studies to cover both ‘sciences’ and ‘humanities’ ? enjoy travel and finding out about new people, places, landscapes and events ? want to keep their options open – Geography AS or Advanced GCE is an appropriate qualification for a very wide range of higher education or career choices leaflet. It does not force you to make an early commitment. What examinations will I have to take to get my qualification? AS AS is short for Advanced Subsidiary. This is the first half of the Advanced GCE course. It is a stepping-stone to the full Advanced GCE qualification. You can take just the AS on its own, if you and your teacher agree that this is best for you. You can even decide at the end of the AS course whether to continue to take the full Advanced GCE qualification. An AS course consists of threeunits of assessment detailed below. Unit 1 Changing Landforms and their Management After studying this unit you should be able to: ? understand the key processes involved in the development of river and coastal systems and how these processes interrelate ? know and understand how landforms and ecosystems change both on a short-term and long-term scale ? know how and why people are a critical component of landform systems ? understand the range of options which exist for the management of landforms and small-scale ecosystems, and appreciate how the interrelationships between people and landform systems can be better managed ? use fieldwork skills, including the collection and analysis of primary data, to investigate landforms and small-scale ecosystems ? analyse secondary data – for example data of river channel variables such as discharge, or rates of coastal change; use both graphical and statistical analysis. This unit will be assessed by an exam lasting 1½ hours. There will be five structured questions, from which you must choose three. Unit 2 Managing Change in Human Environments After studying this unit you should be able to: ? differentiate between rural and urban environments ? understand the linkages between rural and urban areas ? know and understand the processes which lead to change in rural and urban environments ? assess the conflicts which can occur in rural and urban areas ? evaluate the success of planning strategies to manage change in rural and urban environments ? understand the range of options for the future for rural and urban environments, including an evaluation of the role of sustainable strategies ? use fieldwork skills, including data collection and analysis of primary data, to investigate rural and urban areas ? analyse secondary data, for example census statistics, urban and rural change statistics, nearest neighbour analysis. This unit will be assessed by an exam lasting 1½ hours. There will be five structured questions, from which you must choose three. Unit 3 Environmental Investigation For this unit you must carry out some fieldwork related to at least one of the topics on your AS course. The fieldwork is enquiry-based, so you will collect data that you must then analyse in order to test a hypothesis or solve a problem. You will have to decide on a particular question, issue or hypothesis to investigate, and then write up your investigation as a piece of coursework. The maximum length of the coursework is 2,500 words, and a marking penalty will apply if your work is above this limit. Advanced GCE The full Advanced GCE qualification is made up of the AS units plus three more units which are studied at a higher level. You don’t necessarily have to take the full Advanced GCE qualification; you can get a certificate just for the AS, and your teacher or course tutor will advise you on what is best. If you do decide to take the second half of the course it will cover the three units described below. Unit 4 Global Challenge After studying this unit you should be able to: ? understand the processes which lead to day-to-day changes in weather and seasonal variations in climate ? review the severity of the problems of degradation of global ecosystems and the consequences of the loss of biodiversity ? assess the potential impact of ‘business as usual’ options versus sustainable development for the future of the biosphere ? interpret synoptic charts and satellite images of changing weather ? assess scientific evidence on the controversy of global warming or impact of El Niño ? assess the impact of population change and the variety of strategies used to manage it ? understand the dynamic nature of economic change and its impact globally and nationally ? explain the impact of globalisation and TNCs on people and environment ? evaluate the explanations for the current development gap and the solutions put forward ? retrieve demographic and economic data from census and other government sources ? portray and interpret data in cartographic, graphic and tabular form ? use decision-making and problem-solving skills to understand and interpret demographic and economic issues. This unit will be assessed by an exam lasting 2 hours. You must choose three data-response essay style questions, one on the Natural Environment, one on Population and the Economy, and one which is cross modular. Unit 5 Researching Global Futures In this unit you have the opportunity to research more deeply into topics that particularly interest you. Some of this unit will be taught, but the emphasis will be on developing your own research skills. You must choose one option from each list: Managing natural environments Challenges for human environments • Environments and resources • Development and disparity • Living with hazardous environments • Feeding the world’s people • The pollution of natural environments • Health and welfare • Wilderness environments • The geography of sport and leisure This unit is assessed partly by coursework, and partly by exam. The ‘natural environments’ is assessed by an exam of 1 hour 20 minutes, where you have to write a formal essay on the option you have chosen. The ‘human environments’ is assessed by a coursework report of 1,500 words, on a title you choose from a list published each year. Unit 6 Synoptic: Issues Analysis In this unit you are expected to draw together many of the different ideas that you have learned in different places on the course. Two weeks before the exam you will be given a set of resources about an area or environment that you haven’t studied before, although you will have studied similar places and ideas. This gives you a good opportunity to get familiar with the material and revise ideas associated with it. The exam will last 2 hours. It will consist of a series of linked tasks focused on the resource material. The tasks will give you the chance to show that you can apply the knowledge and understanding you have developed over your two-year course, and will test your decision-making and problem-solving skills. How can I develop my full range of skills by doing this course? As well as covering AS and Advanced GCE study of Geography, this course will enable you to develop transferable geographical skills, and many of the Key Skills which will be essential to you whatever you go on to do afterwards. The Key Skills you can develop during this course are: ? Communication ? Application of Number ? Information Technology ? Problem Solving ? Working with Others ? Improving Own Learning and Performance. Your coursework will offer you the greatest opportunity to develop and collect evidence for all of these Key Skills, although it will not cover every aspect. Other opportunities will arise during lessons and individual study time.

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Future opportunities

NoYou could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Travel and Tourism or Health and Social Care, to prepare for higher education in areas of geography, humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go on to a job related to geography and work as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. The course also helps you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Feltham Community College (School) directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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