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Geography A2 at University Academy Keighley

Course description

Geography allows students to study a mix of topics, including contemporary subjects such as Hazard Management and Development Issues; through to the more traditional Geography topics, such as Coastal Systems and Plate Tectonics.

Course content

Geography is an exciting and popular subject at A Level.  It has had excellent results throughout the history of the ASF and many students have gone on to study Geography at a higher level.  It is taught jointly by staff at Holy Family and Greenhead at AS and A2 level.Geography allows students to study a mix of topics, including contemporary subjects such as Hazard Management and Development Issues; through to the more traditional Geography topics, such as Coastal Systems and Plate Tectonics.Geography at AS develops a range of geographical and non vocational skills within the students who study it.  Students are able to develop their understanding of the physical and human world through fieldwork based activities.  They will also be given the opportunity to develop decision making, by looking at complex ‘real life’ issues in the world today.  Students will also develop their analytical and interpretative skills throughout the course.There are a number of opportunities to undertake fieldwork throughout the AS course, including a study of sand dunes at Ainsdale and settlement hierarchies in the Yorkshire Dales.  Towards the end of the AS year, students are invited to join the annual fieldtrip to Iceland, which allows them to live and breathe Geography in the Land of Fire and Ice for a week.The majority of students who undertake the Geography AS course continue on into A2 and it is a subject accepted as an appropriate A’ level for the majority of degree courses.

Entry requirements

Students wanting to study Geography at AS level should have at least a grade C in Geography at GCSE.  For students who have not undertaken GCSE Geography, they must discuss entrance with the subject co-ordinator.

Assessment

Year Two – A2Unit 3Contemporary Geographical Issues:An issue based approach to contemporary geographical themes.  Students will study three topics; at least one from the physical options and at least one from the human options.Physical topics: Plate tectonics and associated hazards; Weather & climate; Ecosystems: Change and challenge.Human topics: World cities; Development and globalisation; Contemporary conflicts and challenges.The exam will be based around structured questions and one essay.30% of A2 levelUnit 4Students will either follow Unit 4a or 4b.Unit 4a gives students the opportunity to extend an area of the subject content into a more detailed fieldwork study.  Students will take their fieldwork folder into the exam and use it to analyse and evaluate their own data and results in response to the questions set.The exam will be based around short structured questions on the students own coursework.Unit 4b gives students the opportunity to use their skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.  They will be given pre released material to help research a particular area or topic.  This will then be assessed in the exam.The exam will be short structured questions based around the pre release material.20% of A2 level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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