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Geography A level at Valentines High School

Course description

Geography is a wide-ranging subject, giving you the opportunity to study a variety of human and environmental issues. A compulsory residential fieldtrip will take place in Year 12 to further enhance your understanding of the topics and issues studied.

Course content

Paper 1 written examination: 2 hours 30% of the qualification

Content overview

  • Area of study 1 Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Area of study 1 Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
  • Area of study 3 Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • Area of study 3 Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Area of study 3 Topic 7: Climate Change Futures

Paper 2 Written examination: 2 hours 30% of the qualification 90 marks

Content overview

  • Area of study 2 Topic 3: Globalisation
  • Area of study 2 Topic 4: Shaping Places
  • Area of study 4 Topic 8: Superpowers
  • Area of study 4 Topic 9: Global Development and Connections

Paper 3 Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 20% of the qualification 60 marks

Content overview

The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas:

  • Players
  • Attitudes and actions
  • Futures and uncertainties
  • The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

Coursework: Independent Investigation Non-examined assessment 20% of the qualification 60 marks Content overview

  • The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification.
  • The student will produce a written report of 3000–4000 words.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B minimum in Geography if taken and English language.

Future opportunities

A level Geography is a means of entry to both Science and Arts courses in Colleges and Universities. It is regarded as a facilitating subject‟ by the prestigious Russell Group universities. It encourages an enquiring mind, as well as developing skills in IT, numeracy and essay and report writing. Skills which are valued by universities and prospective employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Valentines High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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