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A Level Geography at Hasmonean High School

Course description

Geography examines the physical and human characteristics of the world and our influence upon them. It covers exciting contemporary issues bridging the gap between humanities and science. It is well recognized by universities and employers for the wide range of transferable skills it teaches including giving presentations, data and map analysis, completing research and essay writing.

Course content

AS
Covers diverse themes such as global hazards, climate change, globalisation, population and migration. We also investigate crowded coasts and rebranding places using a combination of primary and secondary fieldwork.

A2
Students extend their knowledge by studying the following topics: energy security, water conflicts, biodiversity under threat, bridging the development gap, superpower geography and technological solutions. They also engage in guided research on a broad topic such as health and pollution or cold environments.

Geography is a highly regarded traditional academic subject that blends well with science, arts and other humanity A Level subjects. It is popular with top universities and employers for the all round skills it provides. A wide range of careers are open to Geography graduates in the financial, legal, environmental, social, and public sectors.

Entry requirements

Grade B in Geography, English Language and Literature and Additional Science GCSE. We also accept students without GCSE Geography if they have achieved a high standard in their GCSEs and this can be discussed on an individual basis.

A willingness to complete both practical and written research (compulsory field trips), an ability to further develop analysis and evaluative skills based upon various data sources and an interest in current geographical issues is needed.

Assessment

AS assessment consists of two examinations at the end of Year 12. Unit 1 (30% of GCE): 1 hour 30 minutes which contains a mixture of data response, shorter questions and longer essay style questions. Unit 2 (20% of GCE): 1 hour 15 minutes which has 6 questions based on resources and the fieldwork and research studied.

A2 assessment consists of two examinations at the end of Year 13. Unit 3 (30% of GCE): 2 hours 30 minutes which has data stimulus questions and essay questions about the topics studied as well as a synoptic section. Unit 4 (20% of GCE): 1 hour 30 minutes in which the student must write one detailed report on a title relating to their research project.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

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