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​Geography A Level


Level

3

Qualification A Level

Duration

2 years



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What will I study?

 

 Area of study 1:  Dynamic Landscapes 

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards

  • Coastal Landscapes

 

Area of study 2:  Dynamic Places 

  • Globalisation

  • Regeneration

 

Area of study 3:  Physical Systems and Sustainability 

  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity

  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

 

Area of study 4:  Human Systems and Geopolitics 

  • Superpowers

  • Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

 

Study Visits

A residential field trip is a compulsory part of the course.  All Geography specifications at A-Level require 4/5 days of fieldwork.  The fieldtrip to the Lake District will be in February 2019.

A half day trip to Sheffield city centre will also take place in April 2019.

 

Cost

Approximately £300 (cost in 2016) for the first year residential field trip in February 2019.  It includes all teaching and learning resources, transport, accommodation, and is catered on a full board basis. There are possible student bursaries available to contribute to the cost of the trip depending on household finances, although these are never guaranteed.

Assessment

All the examinations will be in the summer of 2020. There are no exams at the end of the 1st year of study.

Four externally assessed units:

  • Paper 1 –Physical Geography, 30% of qualification, 2 hours.

  • Paper 2 –Human Geography, 30% of qualification, 2 hours.

  • Paper 3 – Synoptic investigation, 20% of qualification, 1 hour 45 minutes.

  • Coursework –20% of qualification, 3000-4000 words.

 

Entry Criteria

Grade 4 Maths Grade 4 in Geography (if taken).

Minimum average GCSE score required 4.25.

 

Useful Supporting Courses

This course can be combined with any other subject but links particularly well with Geology, and has overlaps with some aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Business Studies, Economics and Sociology.

 

Careers

  • Cartographer

  • Commercial/residential surveyor

  • Environmental consultant

  • Geographical information systems officer

  • Planning and development surveyor

  • Teaching

  • Town planner

  • International aid worker

  • Logistics and supply chain management