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Geography - AS / A level at King Edward VI CEVC Upper School

Course description

This course will enable you to learn:


-about forces influencing our natural environment - the landscapes, the plants and animals, and the weather and climate

-the issues affecting people and the places where they live, the reasons for changes in cities and in the countryside

-how people affect the environment - the opportunities, challenges and constraints

-how decisions are made about the use and management of resources, and who makes these decisions, e.g. food, energy supply

-an appreciation of current events and world problems such as international conflicts and the effects of natural hazards and the reactions to them

-how to plan a fieldwork investigation - the collection of primary and secondary evidence and how to analyse it

-to make links and connections across a wide variety of topics.

Entry requirements

Humanities or Geography GCSE grade B, English Language GCSE grade B & Mathematics GCSE grade C

Assessment

AS Geography

1. Landscape and Place - Glaciated Landscape Systems

• Factors affecting landscapes

• Landform development

• Influence of climate change

• Impact of human activity

2. Changing Spaces; Making Places

• Two contrasting places at a local scale

• How place is understood and represented

• Economic change and social inequality, with players involved

• Place making processes in creating places

3. Geographical Debates - Climate Change

4. Investigative Geography and Geographical Skills- based on a minimum of 2 days fieldwork.

Landscape and place - 2 hour written exam (60%)

Geographical debates - 1 hour 30 minutes written exam (40%)

A2 Geography

1. Physical Systems - Glaciated Landscape Systems

• Factors affecting landscapes

• Landform development

• Influence of climate change

• Impact of human activity Earth’s Life Support Systems

• Importance of water and carbon to life on earth

• Case studies of Tropical Rainforest and Arctic Tundra

• Change over time

• Links and interdependence between the cycles

2. Human Interactions - Changing Spaces; Making Places

• Two contrasting places at a local scale

• How place is understood and represented

• Economic change and social inequality, with players involved

• Place making processes in creating places Global Connections An increasingly interconnected world with patterns, unequal flows, challenges and geopolitics, studied through:

• Global Systems: Global Migration

• Global Governance: Human Rights

3. Geographical Debates- • Climate Change

• Hazardous Earth

4. Investigative Geography - An independent investigation based on a minimum of 4 days fieldwork.

Physical Systems- 1 hour 45 minutes written exam (24%)

Human Interactions- 1 hour 45 minutes written exam (24%)

Geographical debates- 2 hours 30 minutes written exam (32%) Investigative

Geography - Independent investigation (20%)

Future opportunities

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • want to broaden their AS or A Level studies to cover both sciences and humanities
  • have an interest in and concern for the environment, and an interest in current affairs
  • enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences
  • want the opportunity to carry out practical work outdoors as well as class work
  • enjoy finding out their own answers – not just being taught
  • enjoy travel and finding out about new people, places, landscapes and events.

Further information

  • The study of Geography will equip you with invaluable skills which are much sought-after by employers.
  • These include collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject.
  • Geography combines with almost all other AS and A Level subjects. Taken with sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Geography supports applications for almost any science-based university course like Engineering, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography and geology. Taken with humanities like English, French, History or Economics, Geography supports an equally wide range of university courses such as Business, Law, Media, Politics and Philosophy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI CEVC Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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