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Geography

A-Level Geography

Subject

Geography

Entry Requirements

Five 9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent)

Students are required to have gained grade 4 or above in GCSE Geography. They should also have a genuine interest in the contemporary world, including the physical environment and human behaviour, and will be willing to participate in fieldwork studies and to read widely to supplement core work. Students without GCSE, but a good background knowledge and enthusiasm will be considered on an individual basis.

Exam Board

OCR

Content relating to the subject qualification

Introduction:  AS and A Level Geography aims to stimulate a passion in learners for the subject and is relevant to any citizen of the planet in the 21st century.  Exciting topic changes have taken place in the new courses which subject specialists in the department are keen to engage students with.  Fieldwork has become an even more essential component of Geography with a requirement now of 2 days at AS level and at least 4 days at A2 to support fieldwork examination papers.  An additional paper is focused around debating globally significant events.

 

AS Level: This is divided into 2 sections – Physical and Human Geography:

 

1. Physical and Human Geography including topic choice areas comprising Coasts, Glaciers or Deserts along with Human topic areas and a geographical skills component which assesses student fieldwork skills.

 

2. Geographical Debates with options topics such as 'climate change,' 'disease dilemmas,' 'exploring oceans,' 'future of food,' and 'hazardous earth.'

 

A2 Level:  At this level in addition to the topics covered at AS level areas such as 'Earths Life Support Systems' such as the carbon cycle, water cycle, tropical rainforests, arctic biomes plus global interactions, global governance and conflict will be investigated.

 

  1. Physical Systems

      2. Human Interactions

      3. Geographical Debates  

 

Assessment of the qualification

AS Level:

 

1. Physical and Human Geography - 2 hour paper (60% of total AS marks)

 

2. Geographical Debates - (40% of AS total)

 

A2 Level: 

 

1. Physical Systems (24% of total A Level)

 

2. Human Interactions (24% of total A Level)

 

3. Geographical Debates (32% of total A Level)

 

The final component of the A level total mark is an Independent Investigation (20% of the total)

 

Extra-curricular

Fieldwork is an integral part of Geography so not only are there day trips utilising our local area but also:

 

  • A trip to London to a Hazards conference
  • There is also a residential trip in the Spring term of Year 12 to South Devon for 1 week.
  • Visits to re-generated areas of London including the Olympic Site and surrounding areas.