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Geography A Level at Beechen Cliff School

Course description

Geography is the study of the physical and human world.

It links these in space and time, helping us to understand how and why the world is changing and to respond to what is happening around us. In a globalised world, geography is a relevant, challenging and topical subject to study, both inside and beyond the classroom.

In addition to more traditional geography, you will also study contemporary issues which infiltrate every level of society; locally, nationally and globally. You will do this in a synoptic manner, giving you the ability to draw on all your knowledge and understanding in order to confront the world, exam questions, work and university in a more intelligent and successful way. You will develop many key, transferable skills which are not only useful in the wider world, but are highly regarded by universities and employers.

Fieldwork is an essential part of the course and in Lower Sixth all students will attend a 4 day residential field course at Colehayes Park Field and Study Centre in Bovey Tracey, South Devon. Here you will carry out various physical and human geography studies across South Devon in preparation for your independent investigation. In addition to this there will also be the opportunity to take part in an optional five day expedition in Upper Sixth to Iceland to complement the Tectonic Processes and Hazards unit.

Course content

Paper 1: Dynamic Landscapes & Physical Systems and Sustainability (30%)

- Tectonic Processes and Hazards
-Coastal Landscapes and Change
- The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
- The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Paper 2: Dynamic Places & Human Systems and Geopolitics (30%)

- Globalisation
- Regenerating Places
- Superpowers
- Global development and connection

Paper 3: Geographical Issue (20%)
- Place based synoptic investigation based on a geographical issue within the content above.

Coursework: Independent Investigation (20%)
- Internally assessed, 3,000-4,000 word fieldwork investigation with an individual title.

Further information

An A’Level in Geography is valued by universities and employers alike due to the skills it develops such as the ability to synthesise a wide range of information, evaluate issues from different perspectives and essay writing. It therefore makes a good complementary A’Level for any subject.

While not necessary, the statistical element of the course means that A’Level Mathematics complements Geography well and the essay writing required in exams means that subjects such as History or English are also beneficial. There are also links to Physics and the other sciences as well as Business and Economics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechen Cliff School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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