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Geography A Level at St Andrew's Catholic School

Course description

Year 12

Component 1: Physical systems- Landscape Systems

Option A: Coastal Landscapes or Option B: Glaciated or Option C: Drylands

  • Factors affecting landscapes.
  • Landform development.
  • Influence of climate change.
  • Impact of human activity.

Component 2: Human interactions- An increasingly interconnected world with patterns, unequal flows, challenges and geopolitics, studied through:

Global Systems: Option A – Trade in the contemporary world or Option B – Global Migration, Global Governance or Option C – Human Rights or Option D – Power and Borders

Component 3– Geographical debate

One of these topics: Climate Change, Disease Dilemmas, Exploring Oceans, Future of Food, Hazardous Earth.

 

Year 13

Component 1: Physical systems- Earth’s Life Support Systems

  • Importance of water and carbon to life on earth
  • Case studies of Tropical Rainforest and Arctic Tundra
  • Change over time
  • Links and interdependence between the cycles

Component 2: Human interactions- Changing Spaces; Making Places

  • Looking at two contrasting places at a local scale
  • How place is understood and represented
  • Economic change and social inequality, with players involved
  • Place making processes in creating places.

Component 3– Geographical debate

One of these topics 

  • Climate Change
  • Disease Dilemmas
  • Exploring Oceans
  • Future of Food
  • Hazardous Earth.

Entry requirements

B in Geography

Assessment

Component one: Landscape and place: 90 marks 2 hours exam and 60% weighing. This question paper covers two areas of content:

Section A – Landscape Systems (choice of Option A: Coastal Landscapes or Option B: Glaciated or Option C: Drylands)

Section B – Changing Spaces; Making Places

Style of question in examinations: Short-answer, medium tariff and extended response questions. There will be optionality within questions .There is a separate Resource Booklet .The unit is externally assessed. Marks associated with geographical skills and fieldwork will be assessed within this component .

Component two: Geographical debates : 60 marks and 1:30 hour exam and 40% weighing. This question paper contains five topics: 

  • Climate Change
  • Disease Dilemmas
  • Exploring Oceans
  • Future of Food
  • Hazardous Earth

Answer questions on one topic. There will be optionality within extended response questions, depending on the one theme taught. Style of question in examinations: Shortanswer, medium tariff and extended response questions. There is a separate Resource Booklet . The unit is externally assessed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Andrew's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2016
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