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Geography AS and A level at The Emmbrook School

Course description

A level Geography addresses key ideas and debates in our world today. It tackles natural hazards, climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration and management of the world’s resources. Students will explore a range of issues and examine potential solutions to them. The course will be delivered in a variety of ways such as research using IT, journals and newspapers, fieldwork techniques, early exam practice to help students to develop their exam technique as well as seminars and presentations.

The A level Geography course is a well-respected, academic, facilitating subject that can help to provide access to many degree courses such as science, economics and social sciences. Each year we have a number of students going on to successfully study Geography or a Geography related degree.

Course content

AS Unit 1: Global Challenges. This is divided into two main topics. ‘World at risk’ covers global natural hazards and climate change whilst ‘Going global’ covers globalisation, population and migration. This unit is 60% of the AS grade and the exam is 1 hour 30 minutes. Unit 2: Geographical Investigations. This unit involves planning and undertaking fieldwork techniques whilst investigating two distinct topics; extreme weather and rebranding places. Some fieldwork is undertaken locally but there is also a 3 day residential fieldtrip after Easter. This unit is worth 40% of the AS grade and the exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes. A2 Unit 3: Contested Planet. Through 6 main topics students learn about the use and management of resources, inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people and how resources could be managed in the future, including ‘the technological fix’. This unit is 60% of the A2 grade and the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Unit 4: Geographical Research. This unit gives students the opportunity to carry out detailed research into two topics; Tectonic Activity and Hazards and Life on the Margins: the Food Supply Problem. Students must use a wide variety of sources and will be guided to research and present different elements of the topics. This unit is 40% of the A2 grade and the exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Entry requirements

C grade in GCSE Geography. If Geography is not taken at GCSE then a B in English.

Financial information

The AS text book is invaluable and costs around £20. Unit 2 includes a 3 day residential field trip to an FSC centre in Somerset to learn the fieldwork techniques you are asked about in the exam. Current cost for this trip is £225.

Future opportunities

A wide and current knowledge of the world around them, as well as research and report writing skills means that Geographers possess the skills that employers want their staff to have. There is a huge variety of potential careers with a Geography degree including surveying, GIS analyst, land planning and management, conservation work, environmental consultant, public sector careers and the tourism industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Emmbrook School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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