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Geography A level at Carnforth High School

Course description

Geography will equip you with the skills to learn and understand the human and physical world in which we live. You will learn about the processes that have helped shape our world and the management of current and future problems facing the planet.
 
It will take one year to achieve AS Level and two years to achieve a full A Level in Geography.

Course content

Year 12 (AS level and first year of A level):

Unit 1: Dynamic Landscapes;
  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Glacial Landscapes and Change
Unit 2: Dynamic Places;
  • Globalisation
  • Shaping and Regenerating Places
 
Year 13 (A2 level)
 
Unit 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Climate Change Futures
Unit 4: Human Systems and Geopolitics
  • Global Superpowers
  • Global Development and Connections

Entry requirements

5 A*-Cs at GCSE 

You will require a GCSE in English, Maths and Science at grade C or above to study Geography as well as a GCSE in Geography at grade B and above.

Assessment

AS level:

2 papers each contribute 50% to the AS qualification

Unit 1 includes an 80 mark question paper over 1 hour 30 minutes. It will combine a mixture of short source based questions and extended questions on physical geography.

Unit 2 also includes an 80 mark question paper over 1 hour 30 minutes. It will also combine a mixture of short source based questions and extended questions on human geography.

 

A level:

Paper 1 will assess unit 1 and unit 2 content over 90 minutes. The test is worth 90 marks and contributes 30% towards the overall A Level grade.

Paper 2 will assess unit 3 and unit 4 content over 90 minutes. The test is worth 90 marks and contributes 30% towards the overall A Level grade.

Paper 3 will assess all the areas covered from a synoptic viewpoint examining the students’ awareness of links between Human and Physical Geography. It will also test skills including map reading and a range of Maths based tasks. It is 105 minutes long, is worth 60 marks and contributes 20% towards the overall A Level grade.

Paper 4 is a coursework project. The student is expected to carry out a research project of their choosing. This 4000 word project will contribute 20% towards the overall A Level grade.

Financial information

Textbooks, revision booklets and a contribution towards fieldwork expenses will be required.

Future opportunities

Geography provides you with many transferrable skills to move onto a wide range of university courses or employment oppor-tunities. Geography is an ideal partner to a wide variety of courses from both the Sciences and the Arts, which means Geography has a unique position in bridging the subjects and can lead towards a wide range of careers.

For example, a Geography qualification can lead to courses in Science, Engineering, Psychology, Environmental Science, Oceanography, Geology, ICT, Business, Law, Media, Politics and Philosophy, Travel and Tourism, Accounting, Journalism, Public Services, Town Planning, Sociology, and of course, Geography.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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