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Geography A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

The teaching of Geography involves significant amounts of class discussion of case studies, using primary sources and statistical information, often gained by students from ICT sources. The study of Crowded Coasts and Rebranding Locations gives the students the opportunity to undertake fieldwork. This is conducted in Dorset during a four day residential visit to Swanage in October of Year 12 (at a cost of approx £150). The Fieldtrip gives students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with issues around an extended stretch of coastline in South Dorset as well providing students with the opportunity to practice fieldwork which they are examined on in their terminal exam

Course content

The Geography course explores the relationship between the natural world and the people of earth. Physical Geography studies include a study of ‘Crowded Coasts’ and ‘Natural Hazards’ in both cases, examining their impact on humans and their management. Both topics look at contrasting examples from across the world.

The Human Geography section of the AS level is divided between a topic named ‘Going Global’ which investigates economic change and its impact and across the world, and the topic ‘Re-branding Places’, which focuses on how we need to re-image and regenerate rural and urban places. A day visit around Bristol’s new retail heart and its floating harbour in the Autumn Term gives us a good insight into the challenges of and potential solutions to regenerating and re-imaging locations.

At A2 there is an opportunity to explore in greater depth some of the topical environmental and social issues of our time. The ‘Contested Places’ module looks at resources including energy, water conflicts and threats to biodiversity. Inequality is investigated through the themes of “Superpowers” and “The Development Gap”. Finally students look at options for the future courtesy of the technological fix theme.

The final area of assessment is a research option which gives students the chance to draw upon their geographical knowledge, understanding and skills. This option offers students the flexibility and independence to investigate a topic of their choice from one of the following themes: Tectonics and Hazards, Cold Environments, Life on the Margins, Cultural Diversity, Pollution and Health or Consuming the Rural Landscape.

Entry requirements

Geography GCSE is not required but must be passed at Grade C if studied. At least one B grade in an essay-based subject is required as part of the normal entry requirements.

Assessment

2 Exams in each year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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