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Geography at The Regis School

Course description

Geography involves the study of people, places and the environment; the A Level course includes a range of issues that we face in the modern world including climate change and globalisation. Geography also supports other A Level subjects, such as Biology, Law or Sociology, as it is both an art and a science. Careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply or managing the effects of hazards are obvious choices. An understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography and it supports Business Studies. If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues.

The department has excellent resources including ICT and textbooks for revision and the staff are experienced in teaching A Level Geography. The fieldwork offers an opportunity to see Geography come to life in the real world as we are both an urban and a coastal area.

Course content

Paper 1 (9GE0/01) (30%) 2h 15min (105 marks)

Section A Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards.

Section B Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change. Students answer Topic 2A Coasts

Section C Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity and Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security.

Paper 2 (9GE0/02) (30%) 2h 15min (105 marks)

Section A Topics 3 and 7: Globalisation / Superpowers.

Section B Topic 4: Shaping Places. Students choose Topic 4A: Regenerating Places

Section C Topic 8: Global Development and Connections. Students answer Topic 8A – Health and Human Rights

Paper 3 (9GE0/03) (20%) 2h 15min (70 marks)

An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections. A resource booklet will contain information about the geographical issue. Sections A, B and C all draw synoptically on knowledge and understanding from compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course

Entry requirements

Students must have at least 5 GCSEs grades A*-C including geography. Ideally students would have a C grade in Mathematics. Students that have not studied the subject at GCSE who wish to study GCE geography may be considered (dependent on their GCSE grades)

Assessment

Students follow the Edexcel GCE Geography specification. There are 3 externally assessed exams and one independent study worth 20% of the A Level.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is a compulsory part of AS Unit 2 Geographical Investigations. Students undertake 4 day trips to places such as London Docklands/Brighton and Bournemouth/Hastings to investigate rebranding and crowded coasts respectively.

Future opportunities

Careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply or managing the effects of hazards. For a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Regis School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017