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Geography A Level at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

Geography is a fascinating subject which at A-level engages with the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time and their relationship with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global. The subject links particularly effectively to other Humanities subjects such as History and Philosophy, to social sciences such as Politics, Economics and Sociology, and also combines well with Biology, Maths, and Computer Sciences. Geographers gain a great deal of skills in ICT, such as presentation and use of G.I.S., as well as statistical data analysis, report writing and critical evaluation.

Most importantly geographers gain a true understanding of the world around us: of the constant changes taking place in both the human and the physical environment. As a result they are better prepared to tackle the challenges that the remainder of the 21st century will throw at us, and will be sought after by employers for their ability to adapt to these changes. Geography teaching aims to prepare students for the problems that we will all face, and to equip them with the skills and long-sightedness to find sustainable solutions to them.

The geography course content follows an ‘issues to impacts to responses’ theme throughout. It has a developmental structure designed to facilitate progression through the course and beyond to link with the demands of higher level study. Concepts covered at GCSE may be revisited at A-Level, but not repeated.

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study geography should preferably have a grade A or A* in GCSE geography to be confident of success but certainly no less than grade B. There is no pre-requisite to have studied geography at GCSE, but in this case you will need to have at least grade 6 in both GCSE mathematics and GCSE English.

Assessment

There will be two examinations at the end of year 13, one on the Physical Geography course, and one on Human Geography. During the two year course students will also be required to produce a piece of coursework that is internally assessed.

Exam Paper 1: Physical Geography (40 per cent of A-level)
Units of study: Water & Carbon Cycles; Hot Desert Environments and their Margins; Environmental Hazards

Exam Paper 2: Human Geography (40 per cent of A-level)
Units of Study: Global Systems and Global Governance; Changing Places; Contemporary Urban Environments

Coursework (20 per cent of A-level, roughly 3000-4000 words)
Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation will be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. While this is not finalised yet, data for this may be collected as part of a department field trip (see below).

Future opportunities

Many geography students opt to choose geography at degree level. However, many also progress to a diverse range of university courses including: economics, politics, business and management, sociology, global sustainability, geology, geophysics, land management, architecture, town planning, transport management, tourism, meteorology, earth sciences, environmental science, and oceanography.

Geographers find themselves in increasing demand from employers in sectors such as renewable energies, geotechnical engineering, public services, logistical and management services, and international humanitarian organisations. However, geographers are particularly employable since they have a range of transferrable and adaptable skills that are more relevant than ever in today’s fast changing job market.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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