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Geography A level at Richard Challoner School

Course description

A contemporary geographical course with a strong focus on the interaction between global, national and local, physical and human geographies. Globalisation, international development, environmental change and population pressure are just some of the forces creating global challenges today and in the future. To understand, contribute and sustainably change the world we live in, requires a geographical understanding and skill set as developed by the new A level qualification. It is for this reason that Geography is such a valued qualification for all jobs today and tomorrow.

Course content

Paper 1:  2 hour 15 minutes (30% of the qualification)

  • Tectonic Processes and Climate Hazards
  • Glaciated Landscapes and Change
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Paper 2:  2 hour 15 minutes (30% of the qualification)

  •  Globalisation
  •  Superpowers
  •  Regenerating Places
  •     Global Development: Health, Human Rights and Interventions

Paper 3: 2 hour 15 minutes (20% of the qualification)

This exam paper is an Issues Analysis using an unseen resource booklet. It tests pupils’ understanding of different, linked parts of the whole two year course.

Paper 4: Coursework: Independent Investigation (20% of the qualification)

Teacher assessed coursework (no exam). The student identifies a geographical question or issue for investigation. The write up will assess the pupil’s ability to introduce, collect data (quantitative and qualitative), present and analyse data, conclude and evaluate their findings.

Fieldwork: Over the course of the two years we will undertake 4 days of fieldwork to collect data for Paper 4 and to enrich our understanding of geography in the world around us. This will include a residential fieldtrip to the Lake District (Blencathra Field Studies Centre)


Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Geography, and GCSE Grade 5 or above in Maths and English Language.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Challoner School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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