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Geography

Content

This skills and issues based course is particularly suited to anyone who wants to properly understand the environmental and economic challenges facing the world in the twenty-first century. We will study the management of physical and human environments, consider contemporary global issues in depth and develop the enquiry skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

Special Features

A key part of Geography is fieldwork! Getting out and about! There will be guest speakers and a range of trips offered locally, nationally, and hopefully in the near future internationally.

Entry requirements

Please refer to The John of Gaunt Sixth Form entry requirements.

Attendance

Two-year linear course culminating in two exams sat in year 13.

Assessment

A2 Level Geography 7037 (AQA)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037

This is through written examinations, but also draws upon a compulsory piece of personal fieldwork.

Unit

Level Topics Assessment 9 each paper has some choice of questions)
1 A2

Physical Geography

Water & Carbon Cycles

Coasts

Hazards

 

A Level = 40%

2½ hour written paper = Mix of multiple choice, short answer (based on stimulus – maps / photos / graphs / diagrams) and extended response questions.

 

2 A2

Human Geography

Global Systems

Global Governance

Changing Places

Population & the Environment 

A Level = 40%

2½ hour written paper = Mix of multiple choice, short answer (based on stimulus – maps / photos / graphs / diagrams) and extended response questions.

3 A2

Geographical Investigation

Fieldwork (4+ days)

A Level = 20%

A written task based on a fieldwork investigation, which is submitted to the exam board for marking.

Moving on

You could use your Geography A Level to take a BA or BSc degree at University, after which you could specialise in a multitude of careers. Some of your choices include: a wide range of management roles; surveying; tourism; environmental consultation; weather forecasting; research; urban planning; conservation; cartography; engineering; local government officer; international development; or teaching. For further information please visit the Royal Geographical Society website www.rgs.org and explore the wealth of ‘Career Profiles’ which are outlined for you.