A level geography will start for students in year 12 and they will complete it over 2 years. This is a linear qualification, this means that students must complete all assessments at the end of the course (end of year 13) to achieve this award. The exam board we are using for A level geography at Corby Technical School is AQA (7036). Throughout the course students will develop skills further and will develop a deeper understanding of previous topics studied at GCSE as well as encountering some new topics along the way.
The course will require students will undergo 2 exams at the end of year 13. The first exam is ‘Component 1: Physical geography In this paper students will be assessed on topics such as water and carbon cycles, coastal systems and landscapes, hazards. This is a written exam which is 2 hour 30 minutes and is worth 40% of the geography A level.
The second exam is ‘Component 2: Human geography’ In this paper students will be assessed on topics such as global systems and governance, changing places and contemporary urban environments. This is a written exam which is 2 hour 30 minutes and is worth 40% of the geography A level.
To complete this qualification students will attend a number of trips during the course. The first trip will take place in year 12 where students trip focus will surround contemporary urban environments and the second trip will take place within the first weeks of year 13. This will be a weeklong residential trip to Wales where students will be focusing on the physical geography of the area. This is assessed by a 3000 – 4000 word written investigation and is worth20% of the geography A level.
For more information on the course please contact the school or visit the AQA website.