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Geography A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Are you interested in the world around you? And in how nature shapes the landscape and the different impact of humans on natural systems? Are you aware of the key issues facing society? Global warming, energy shortages, the population explosion, conflicts between countries, changing patterns of trade and employment to name but a few.

At A Level there is time to explore such issues in detail. You will simultaneously develop essential skills that will serve you well in applying for any university course and in later employment.

There is an emphasis on learning outside of the classroom. A field trip to the Brecon Beacons or coast takes place in Year 12 and there are several other trips planned during the course, including an optional trip to Iceland. Regular use is made of the school’s ICT facilities and there are good text books and library resources for independent enquiry.

Course content

The exact content of your course will depend on Government changes that are not yet finalised.

However, it is likely to involve the study of coastal landscapes; changing cities, the inequalities that develop and approaches to tackling them; global connections between countries (trade/migration) as well as issues relating to Power and Borders that can develop.

We are very much looking forward to exploring some of the Geographical Debates that exist eg in relation to climate change, oceans, food, disease and tectonic hazards.

Entry requirements

It assumed that candidates will have gained a grade B in Geography at GCSE.

However, it may be possible for a student with a C grade to study the subject and decisions will be made on an individual basis.

You do not have to have taken the subject at GCSE, however this is an advantage. If this applies to you then come and speak to a Geography teacher before you apply for the course.

Assessment

The A Level consists of three written exams: Physical Systems; Human Interactions and Geographical Debates.

Within this you will have some choice about which questions to answer as well as short, medium and extended questions.

You will be required to plan and undertake an independent geographic investigation involving the collection, analysis and evaluation of fieldwork data, worth 20% of you’re A Level.

Exam results for Geography are among the very best in the school, indeed our results have been rated as good or outstanding nationally for over 12 years.

Every year students have gone on to study the subject at Degree Level.

Future opportunities

Students with A Levels or Degrees in Geography are highly employable because of the wide range of skills that are developed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 31 May 2016

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