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Geography

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Course Content

AS – Two sections – Section 1 - Coastal geography (systems, process, landforms and management)and Geography of Hazards (definition, plate tectonics, volcanoes, seismic hazards, storm hazards and fires in nature) Section 2 – Changing Places (definition and character of place, relationships, connections, change and representation) and Fieldwork Investigation / Geographical Skills (human and physical, linked to processes from their course) – Compulsory 2 days of fieldwork in both human and physical geography

A2 – Three sections – Section 1 – Water and Carbon cycles (system, distribution, processes and changes, and role in life on earth) Coastal geography (systems, processes, development, landforms and management) and Geography of Hazards (definition, plates, volcanic, seismic, storm hazards and fires in nature)

Section 2 – Global systems and global governance (globalisation, global systems, international trade, global governance, global common goals and rights, criticisms of a globalised world), Changing places (definition and character of place, relationships, connections, change and representation) and Contemporary Urban Environments (urbanisation, urban land uses, issues from urbanisation, urban climate, drainage, waste and pollution, sustainable development)

Section 3 – Geography Fieldwork Investigation – 3,000 – 4,000 word coursework marked by teachers and moderated by staff. Requires 4 compulsory days of fieldwork in both human and physical geography.

Examination Details

ASSection 1 – 80 marks - worth 50% of AS – 1hr 30 exam, two sections within exam paper – students choose 1 question from each section (based on the topics taught). Section 2 – 80 marks - worth 50% of AS – 1hr 30 exam – two sections within exam paper – all students must answer section A, in section B students must answer Q2 and then choose either Q3 or Q4.

A2Section 1 – 120 marks – worth 40% of A level – 2hr 30 exam, separated into three sections. Students answer all questions in section A, one question from B (based on topic taught) and one question from C (based on topic taught). Section 2 – 120 marks – worth 40% of A level – 2hr 30exam, separated into three sections. All students must answer section A and B, in section C students choose one question (based on topic taught). Section 3 -60 marks, worth 20% of A level – 3,000 – 4,000 words, based on data collected during fieldwork from anywhere in the specification that students have covered. Marked by teachers, moderated by AQA.

Career Pathways

Town planner

Journalist

Architect / Building Designer

Regeneration coordinator / specialist

Environmental Manager

Flooding Engineer

Sustainability officer

Teacher

Councillor

Entry Criteria Grade C in GCSE geography is desired OR a 6 in English Language if you do not have a GCSE in geography.