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Geography

Geography is an all-encompassing discipline that seeks to understand the world – its human and physical features – through an understanding of place and location. Geographers study where things are and how they got there as well as the interaction between people and the world in which they live.

Geography is considered ‘the bridge between the human and physical sciences’ and ‘the mother of all sciences’. It looks at the spatial connection between people, places, and the earth, which makes it an excellent linking subject between the Sciences and Arts.

This course is designed to help students develop their knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments, at all geographical scales from local to global. Students will recognise and analyse the complexity of people-environment interactions, and appreciate how these underpin their understanding of some of the key issues facing the world today. Also they will develop as critical and reflective learners, able to articulate opinions, suggest relevant new ideas and provide evidenced arguments in a range of situations.

COURSE CONTENT

This course addresses the more modern elements of geographical thinking and is rooted in researching and monitoring the events, patterns and phenomena affecting the world as we know it. Topics include glacial systems and landscapes, global systems and governance, geographical hazards and threats, plate tectonics, weather and climate, development and globalisation and contemporary conflict and change.

ASSESSMENT

Students will sit two written exams, each two and a half hours long and each worth 40% of the A Level (120 marks). In addition, students will complete an Individual Investigation of 3000-4000 words (60 marks, 20% of the A Level), which must include data collected in the field. This will be marked by teachers, moderated by AQA and completed towards the end of Year 12.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 in Maths and a 5 in English. A grade C if studied at GCSE.

WHY STUDY GEOGRAPHY?

With a broad range of topics, which address current global trends and significant environmental and global issues, this subject offers candidates an opportunity to develop a real understanding of global perspectives, decision making and nature at large. This is useful for anyone interested in the sciences, politics, economics or even travel and tourism. Our fieldwork requires students to undertake real life geographical research and will reward students with skills in presenting data and drawing logical, principled and scientific conclusions.

Financial Information

As part of the course the department organises a fieldtrip to the Castlehead field centre in the Lake District. The aim of the fieldwork during the visit is not only to allow in depth exploration of current geographical issues within the area, but, to become familiar with a range of geographical skills which will be assessed on the AS level practical paper. All students are strongly advised to attend the trip. The cost varies between £190 and £250.

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.
–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.
–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.

Future Opportunities

Companies are recognizing the skill that a geographically-trained individual brings to the workforce. You’ll find many geographers working as planners, GIS specialists within the armed forces, environmental managers, urban planners, travel editors, police services, research analyst, environmental scientists, oil mining and meteorologists.

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