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GEOGRAPHY

Study option                                   Exam board                         Specification code

A Level two-year course              AQA                                                       7037
Why choose geography?

Geography will develop an interest in local and global issues and in practical work outside the classroom. It encourages the development of a wide range of cartographic, graphical, statistical and research skills. It offers opportunities to develop and collect evidence from many sources and contains many skills that employers consider important.

Where can it lead?

The extensive range of skills and knowledge gained in AS and A Level Geography will prepare you for a variety of careers or further education courses. Geographical information is now used in many businesses – geographical information systems are an exciting interface between geography and information and communications technology. As a subject it combines well with a number of other A Level courses including mathematics, sciences, English, languages, history, religious studies, psychology, business studies and art.

What and how will I study?

Your classroom studies will be enhanced by opportunities to take part in exciting field trips lasting up to four days.This qualification is linear, which means you will sit your exams and submit all your non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

The first year of A Level:

  1. Water and the carbon cycle, or Coastal systems and landscapes
  2. Hazards
  3. Changing Places
  4. Geography fieldwork

The second year of A Level:

  1. Coastal systems and landscapes, or Water and the carbon cycle
  2. Global systems and global governance
  3. Contemporary urban environments, or Population and the environment
  4. Geographical investigation

How will I be assessed?

 

Unit 1 Physical geography
Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Marks 120
Weighting 40%
Types of question Multiple choice, short answers and extended prose
Unit 2            Human geography
Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Marks 120
Weighting 40%
Types of question Multiple choice, short answers and extended prose
Unit 3 Geographical investigation
Weighting 20%
Type 3000-4000 words, marked internally

 

Are there any specific entry requirements?

It is preferable if you have gained at least a grade C in GCSE geography.

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