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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


Year 12 Course Content (AQA AS Level Geography 7036 *DRAFT 2016 SPEC, not yet ratified*)

In the Physical geography component students will study one of the following

1. Water and Carbon Cycles
2. Hot Desert Environments and their Margins
3. Coastal Systems and Landscapes

 

In the Human geography component students will study one of the following

4. Global Systems and Global Governance
5. Changing Places

 

In the People and the environment component students will study

6. Hazards
7. Contemporary Urban Environments

 

Competence in geographical skills will be developed during the study of the course.

Students will also undertake a geography fieldwork investigation and must complete a minimum of two days’ of fieldwork. The department organises a fieldtrip to a field centre. 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 also become familiar with a range of geographical skills which will be assessed in the exam. All students are strongly advised to attend the trip. The cost varies between £190 and £250.

Year 13 Course Content (AQA A Level Geography 2030)

The A2 level course, like the AS course is made up of two units:

–  Unit 3 Contemporary geographical issues
–  Unit 4 An evaluation of a geographical issue.

Within the two units the study options are:

1. Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards (Physical unit)
2. Weather and Climate and Associated Hazards (Physical unit)
3. Development and Globalisation
4. Contemporary Conflicts and Challenges

Entry Requirements


5x GCSEs at grade C or above, including Geography at grade B or above.

Assessment


AS Geography 7036 (not yet ratified)

There are 2 exams; each is 1 hour 30 minutes long and worth 50% of the AS. The first exam contains questions from Component 1: Physical Geography and People and the Environment. The second contains questions from Component 2: Human Geography and Geography Fieldwork Investigation.

A2 Geography 2030

There are 2 examinations, Unit 3 Contemporary Geographical Issues and Unit 4(b) Geographical Issue Evaluation.

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.

Further Information


At AS students study topics from 3 modules in Physical Geography, they will study one from Water and Carbon Cycles, Hot Desert Environments and their Margins, or Coastal Systems and Landscapes. In Human geography they study either Global Systems and Global Governance or Changing places. In the People and the Environment component students study Hazards and Contemporary Urban Environments. There is also a fieldwork component with students required to undertake at least 2 days of field work during the year.