Geography helps us to explore the rapidly changing world in which we live and helps learners to develop into aware and responsible citizens. Geography is great for many career paths due to the inclusion of its contrasting knowledge and skill base.
Duration: 1 Year for AS. 2 Years for A2
The course investigates physical and human processes at a range of scales. Emphasis is placed on enquiry approach which builds on the skills developed at GCSE.
Level 2 threshold (5 A*-C grades or equivalent). A minimum of a Grade C in both English Language and Maths if A-C in GCSE Geography is obtained. A B grade in English is required without GCSE Geography.
No prior learning in Geography is required. However, the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired through GCSE Geography would be advantageous.
What Will I Study?
Changing Landscapes – topics include Tectonic Hazards and Coastal
Changing Places – including fieldwork in Physical and Human Geography
Global Systems and Global Governance
Contemporary Themes in Geography – including Tectonic Hazards and two options from Ecosystems, Economic Growth (India/China), Development in Africa and weather/climate
Independent Investigation – no exam assessment, 3000-4000 words
How Will I Be Assessed?
Assessment is through two exams involving structured questions with data responses. One question will relate to the learners own fieldwork investigation.
Assessment is through two exams involving structured questions with data responses and extended response questions. The non exam independent investigation represents 20% of the qualification.
Career Opportunities & Progression
Geography helps learners develop a range of transferable skills applicable to many careers. The subject bridges the arts and the sciences giving flexibility for higher education courses.