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Geography at Downham Market Academy

Course description

Any geography course explores the relationships between human populations to each other over space and time and their relation ship with the physical environment at a variety of scales.

Our new AQA syllabus gives students the opportunity to do so through some of the most exciting and innovative topics to be included at A Level Geography. It covers relevant and contemporary topic s reflecting current trends and includes a greater emphasis on fieldwork as suggested by the Royal Geographical Association.

Course content

The course consists of the following units:

Component 1:

  • Physical Geography
  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes Hazards

Component 2:

  • Human Geography
  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Population and the environment

These topics also include a wide range of geographical skills that are integral to the course and will all be examined in the May/June at the end of the two - year cour se. There is an option to take exams after one year if for any exceptional reason students are required to drop out at the end of year 12.

Component 3: Non - examined assessment, year 13

In year 13 students complete an independent investigation of around 3 - 4,000 words that is worth 25% of the overall course. Excitingly, this can be on any topic at all as long as it is based around some aspect of the course and must include fieldwork.

The investigation must include data, evidence and research, all of whic h give students countless independent study opportunities and autonomy over the analysis, presentation and conclusions of their project.

Entry requirements

The course provides a balanced geographical education, which builds on, but is not dependent on, prior knowledge of the subject at GCSE level. However, GCSE grade C in geography, English language and maths are desirable.

Future opportunities

Geography is an excellent subject to study as a post - 16 option. As an all encompassing subject, it enables students t o research, problem solve and aim to understand the complex world in which we live and apply their knowledge in making effective judgments – all basic requirements in most areas of work and further education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Downham Market Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September