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Geography A Level at Twyford CofE High School

Course description

This course is aimed at:

Anyone with an interest in the changing world around them and a desire to develop their own values towards contemporary issues and challenges affecting the world today.

People wiht enquiring minds who enjoy a challenge

Those who have enjoyed previous fieldwork opportunities and want to discover more.

Those who seek an opportunity to develop a wide range of tranferable skills

Student who enjoy Geography at GCSE

Course content

In Year 12 the course is divided into 2 components. Component 1 encompasses physical Geography with topics like water and carbon cycles and coastal landscapes and systems. Human Geography is then studied through hazards or contemporary urban environments. The second component focuses on human geography through looking at changing places as well as considering geographical fieldwork investigation and skills. The Year 12course will include a compulsory fieldwork trip, which is likely to be residential. It is vital that all students are aware of this when signing up for the course.

In Year 13 the course is also divided into 3 components. Geographical Component 1 is Physical Geography. This includes water and carbon cycles, coastal systems and Ecosystems. Component 2 covers global systems and governance, changing places and contemporary urban environments.

The third component is an individual investigation based on further fieldwork from what was done in Year 12, making at least four full days over the two year course. This will be an independent piece of work and is assessed via a 3000-4000 word report. The A level course includes 4 full days of fieldwork, which is likely to be residential. This fieldwork is compulsory. It is vital that students are aware of this when choosing this course.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Geography GCSE and Grade 6 in English (Literature or Language)


There are two papers sat at the end of Year 13. The first paper tests your knowledge
and understanding of physical geography and is worth 40% of the A level. The second paper is based on human geography and is also worth 40% of the A level marks. All students must complete 4 days of fieldwork over the A level and produce an independent study report of 3000-4000 words. This is worth 20%.

Future opportunities

Geography is a well regarded subject for an extremely wide range of university courses because of the wide variety of academic skills that students learn. It also equips you with a huge variety of skills applicable to a vast range of careers, ranging from Management Consultancy, Finance and Engineering Law and Business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Twyford CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 December 2017
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