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Geography at Townley Grammar School

Course description

Intellectual skills, such as critically evaluating theories and judging evidence in order to make informed decisions and to develop reasoned arguments. Research skills, such as using a range of technical methods for the collection and analysis of spatial and environmental data, and undertaking fieldwork. Transferable skills, such as teamwork, problem solving, IT skills and communication skills (presentation, writing, debating).

Course content

Year 12

Area of study, Physical section – Dynamic Landscapes

Topic 1 : Tectonic Processes and Hazards

Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change- Coastal Landscapes and Change

Area of Study, Human section.

Topic 3: Globalisation

Topic 4: Shaping places – Regenerating places

Both units look at new concepts and geographical ideas as well as building on knowledge from GCSE, examples include Globalisation, population change, regeneration, flooding and tectonic activity.

Year 13

Area of study : Physical section.

Topic 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability

Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity

Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Topic 7: Climate Change Futures

Area of study : Human section

Topic 8: Superpowers

Topic 9: Global Development and Connections- Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

Coursework: Independent Investigation – Following 4 days of fieldwork candidates will define a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. This topic may relate to any aspect of geography within the specification. Candidates will sit 3 external examinations following this 2 year course.

Paper 1 30%

Content overview

● Area of study 1 Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards

● Area of study 1 Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change

● Area of study 3 Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity

● Area of study 3 Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

● Area of study 3 Topic 7: Climate Change Futures

Paper 2 30%

Content overview

● Area of study 2 Topic 3: Globalisation

● Area of study 2 Topic 4: Shaping Places

● Area of study 4 Topic 8: Superpowers

● Area of study 4 Topic 9: Global Development and Connections

Paper 3 20%

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Geography

A student must have achieved both of the following:

  • A minimum of 7 full course A* - C grade GCSEs including English and Maths
  • An average (mean) point score of 45 or above taking only full course GCSEs into consideration

Future opportunities

Geography is considered as both a science and humanities subject. Therefore it leaves a wide array of career paths open for students. Whether they are interested in physical Geography careers such as hydrology, climate science or a human Geography career such as GIS and consultancy. However, most students use Geography as a subject which gives them a wide variety of skills, current affairs and understanding for any career path they wish to follow including: Banking, Retail, Teaching, Public Relations, Events Management and Media. Geography is highly regarded at university level and beyond and is therefore incredibly popular at Townley.

Further information

Typical grade requirements to study a Geography degree are as follows:

Oxbridge: A* A A

Russell Group: A* A A to A B B

Non Russell Group: A B B to B B B

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 October 2016
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