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Geography A Level at Burford School and Community College

Course description

Geography is an exciting, enquiry-based subject which enables you to develop a full appreciation and understanding of the world in which you live. Several topics of the course are developments of the work covered in the GCSE course but others are new. What is more important is that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the environment and current affairs, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. Students with Advanced GCE Geography have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. Geography graduates are now regarded as some of the most employable students straight out of higher education.

Course content

Dynamic Landscapes
Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
[Coastal landscapes and change]
25% of the A Level
 
Dynamic Places
Topic 3: Globalisation
Topic 4: Shaping Places
[Regenerating Places]
25% of the A Level
 
Physical Systems and Sustainability
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Topic 6: The Carbon cycle and Energy Security
25% of the A Level
 
Human Systems and Geopolitics
Topic 7: Superpowers
Topic 8: Global Development and Connections
[Migration, Identity and Sovereignty]
25% of the A Level
 
Assessment of Area of Study 1 Dynamic Landscapes and Area of Study 3 Physical
Systems and Sustainability.
2 hr 15 mins examination paper
(105 marks)
30% of A Level
 
Assessment of Area of Study 2 Dynamic Places and Area of Study 4 Human
Systems and Geopolitics.
2 hr 15 mins examination paper
(105 marks)
30% of A Level
 
Synoptic investigation of a geographical issue.
2 hr 15 mins examination paper
(70 marks).
20% of A Level
Coursework Description
Assessment
Non-examined assessment
A level Independent Investigation
3000-4000 word report
(70 marks).
20% of A Level

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Geography and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics. If students have not studied Geography at GCSE – Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics will be required. All students will be required to attend a fieldwork course which costs approximately £300.

Further information

There will be a variety of methods used throughout the course including opportunities for research, role play, essay writing, displays, decision making exercises, GIS analysis and fieldwork investigations. There will be fieldwork exercises and local opportunities as well as access to our ‘A’ Level Twitter account (@burfordgeog) for staying up-to-date with current geographical news stories. There will be two fieldwork opportunities. Firstly, a compulsory field trip to Devon and secondly, an optional foreign field trip. We have
offered trips to Iceland and Italy in recent years

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burford School and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017