Geography - A Level (Ocr) at The Cotswold Academy
About the syllabus:
“Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose.” Michael Palin
Geography is the study of the world around us, the issues we can see within it, and the interaction between people and the physical landscape. It is a multifaceted discipline that forces us to think about the world and our place in it. It is important to recognise that it also refines and hones the essential team work and problem solving skills that are much desired by universities and in the workplace.
Geography at The Cotswold School is a dynamic course delivered with enthusiasm. Both the Physical and Human elements of Geography are explored in equal measure at AS Level while, at A2, global issues are considered in increasing depth. Students sit the F764 paper which tests their investigative, synoptic, research and analysis skills and develops independence in learning.
Fieldwork is an essential element of Geography. A residential trip and a number of day trips out give students the opportunity to see Geography in action, enrich the learning experience and enhance understanding of the material that is covered.
As a department, we have a long history of sending students on to study Geography at Russell Group universities. These top institutions recognise the subject’s academic rigour along with the valuable skills that it develops.
AS units in Year 12
Unit 1 F761 The Physical Environment
River and Coastal Environments
Exam 1 hour 30mins - 50% AS Level 25% of A2 Level
Unit 2 F762 The Human Environment
Managing urban and rural change
The energy issue
Exam 1 hour 30mins 50% AS Level 25% of A2 Level
A2 units in Year 13
Unit 3 F763 Global Issues
Ecosystems and environments under threat
Earth Hazards • Population and Resources
Development and Inequalities
Exam 2 hours 30mins 30% of A Level
Unit 4 F764 Geographical Skills
Identifying a suitable geographical question or hypothesis for investigation
Developing a plan and strategy for conducting the investigation
Collecting and recording appropriate data
Representing the data collected in appropriate forms
Analysing and interpreting the data
Exam 1 hour 30mins 20% of A Level
A*-B in GCSE Geography . Students who have not taken GCSE Geography may be considered if they have achieved A*-B in English Language and can demonstrate a strong interest in Geography.
Entry criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.