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Geography at John O'Gaunt School

Course description

What does the AS specifications consist of and how is it assessed? Unit 1 Global ChallengesThere are two topics to be studied within this: The World at Risk and Going Global. This is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute exam in January. This unit is 60% of the AS grade.Unit 2 Geographical Investigations There are two topics to be studied here, one human topic Rebranding Places; and one physical topic Extreme Weather. This is assessed through a 1 hour exam with significant emphasis on data collection, investigation, data response, evaluation skills and related impacts or management issues. A residential fieldtrip in Dorking, trips to Birmingham and the local area are crucial to acquiring these skills. This unit is 40% of the AS grade. The 4 days of fieldwork cost approximately £170 combined. It is possible to pay this in instalments over the year.The new Edexcel course is fresh and exciting and has moved Geography closer to the skills and topics being studied in the workplace and at university. It now includes elements of social and cultural geography, the geography of sport and sustaining the global community as well as training students in Geographical Information Systems.To enter Geography at AS Level it is crucial to have obtained at least a C grade in English, Maths, Science and Geography at GCSE or similar subject for students to fully access the course.What does the A2 specifications consist of and how is it assessed?Involves a movement on from the AS topics to individual research and looking after our contested planet. Unit 3 Contested Planet This is 60% of the A2 grade. It is made up of 6 topics: Energy Security (oil prices and environmental consequences), Water Conflicts, Biodiversity Under Threat, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap, The Technological Fix?The exam is 2 hours 30 minutes and has a shorter essay section and a synoptic section with pre-release booklet. This exam is taken in June.Unit 4 Geographical ResearchThis is 40% of the A2 grade. Students research their own topic from tectonics, cold environments, life on the margins, world of cultural diversity, pollution and human health risk and consuming the rural landscape. This is then examined in 1 hour 30 minutes with pre-release topics. Students have 1:1 tutorials and resource support. This is an excellent opportunity for students to link to their areas of interest (eg links with biology or tourism) and to develop skills for university. There is a residential fieldtrip for this unit linked to student choice (2009 trip went to Wales, 2010 trip went to the Giant’s Causeway and Glens of Antrim). This exam is taken in January. Again there are costs for residential fieldtrips; these are dependent on the student choice of location.

Entry requirements

A* to C GCSE in Geography

Future opportunities

What might I use this qualification for?Geography provides students with a range of transferable skills crucial to the ever changing work place. Students will acquire knowledge of Geographical Information Systems and research skills. Geography prepares students for either work or further study. There are a range of jobs which Geographers often go into including the more obvious environment agency, weather reporting, town planning, and teaching; to the law, leisure and advertising. For a full list please contact the Geography Department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John O'Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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