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Geography A Level at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School

Course description

This course covers a range of tradition and contemporary geographical topics. The geography A level is new to 2016/17 so those topics needing to be confirmed are highlighted as provisional. It is divided into physical and human topics that incorporate a range of areas including coastal systems, different hazards, different cycles (including the water and carbon cycle), changing places, global systems and governance. Alongside this, the full A2 course offers students an opportunity to develop their investigative and analytical skills through an independent investigation that will be based on one of the areas studied. An investigation is also undertaken by those students wanting to study the AS level, however it will be assessed through an exam. Due to the importance of fieldwork to geography, there will be the chance for students to go on a fieldtrip during their first year of study, which will incur a cost with short notice at the start of the AS course.

Course content

AS Level –

Two components Component 1: Physical geography and people and the environment

• Coastal systems and landscapes, and Hazards (provisional) Component 2: Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation

• Global systems and global governance (provisional) and this component must incorporate a fieldwork investigation with geographical skills.

A2 Level –

Two modules Component 1: Physical geography

• Water and carbon cycles, Coastal systems and landscapes, and Hazards (provisional) Component 2: Human geography

• Global systems and global governance, Changing places (provisional), and Population and the environment (provisional) Component 3: Geographical investigation

• This is a 3,000-4,000 word individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student.


AS Level - Two exams

• Component 1: 50% of total AS Level marks

• Component 2: 50% of total AS Level marks

A2 Level - Two exams and an individual investigation (coursework)

• Component 1: 40% of total A Level marks

• Component 2: 40% of total A Level marks • Component 3: 20% of total A level marks

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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