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Geography A Level at Sacred Heart Catholic College

Course description

The A Level Geography course follows the AQA specification.

The course includes an even balance of physical and human geography. A range of case studies, near and far, are incorporated into the course.

The course provides a good base for a range of degree courses and employment.

Course content

The physical geography content include:
- Water and carbon cycles
- Coastal systems and landscapes
- Hazards (volcanic, seismic and storm)

The Human geography content includes:
- Global systems and global governance (globalisation, responses to globalisation, world trade and investment, Antarctica)
- Changing places (economic and population changes)
- Contemporary urban environments (including changes over the last century and some of the challenges)

There is also an individual investigation based on an issue or question chosen by the student and based on fieldwork data collected by the student.

Altogether for the full A Level, there are three assessment components at the end of the two year course.

Components 1 and 2 are examinations that are each 2hr 30 minutes (each 40% of total grade).

Questions are a mixture of short answer, levels of response and essays.

Component 3 is a geographical investigation based on fieldwork data. The following write-up should be 3,000-4,000 words (20% of total grade).


Entry requirements

Students who have not taken Geography at GCSE level and want to take it, should discuss this with the Head of Geography.

Some pupils, who have not studied Geography at GCSE, have gone on to take Geography A Level and obtained a successful grade.

Future opportunities

Geography is a very versatile subject. Careers with Geography as a component include:
- Local Government
- Civil Service
- Surveying
- Civil Engineering
- Land/Estate Management
- Local Authority
- Planning Departments
- Tourism


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sacred Heart Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 07 March 2017
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