Geography (A Level)
WHY SHOULD I STUDY A LEVEL GEOGRAPHY?
Are you interested in how the world works and the natural environment? Do you have an interest in the economy and global affairs?
Geography is a subject that is useful to any student as it encourages students to develop a range of skills including: essay and report writing, analysing and solving problems, working with statistics, interpreting data and text and presenting data. The department is at the forefront of using ICT in teaching and learning.
The Geography department runs a range of field trips and past destinations have included Italy, Iceland, Arizona, Morocco and Bournemouth.
The first year of the course is an even split between human and physical Geography. Topics you will cover include:
• Coasts – There is a focus on coastal landscapes and features along with the factors which affect their formation.
• Earth’s Life Support Systems – This topic examines how the water and carbon cycles operate and are important for life on Earth.
• Changing Spaces: Making Places – This ‘Human’ topic explores our changing use of space and place and how towns and cities across the world are changing.
• Migration – Examining the contemporary patterns and challenges of 21st Century migration.
• Power and Borders – This topic looks at the state of the World in the 21st Century and reflects on issues of conflict and state fragility.
PROGRESSION ONTO YEAR 2
Progression to the second year of this A Level course will be dependent on having made satisfactory progress in the first year of the course, including achieving at least an E grade in a formal late spring assessment, as well as the maintenance of a good level of attendance and commitment throughout the year.
The second year of the course consists of two topics and completion of the NEA.
• Hazardous Earth – Focuses on why some places are more at risk from tectonic hazards than others and how managing hazards can reduce their impact.
• Climate Change OR Future of Food.
FINAL ASSESSMENT AT END OF YEAR 2
Three written exams (80% of the total marks)
Paper 1: Physical systems
Paper 2: Human Interactions
Paper 3: Geographical Debates
All papers are a combination of short answers and extended writing questions.
Non-exam assessment – Coursework (20% of the total mark).
Minimum Entry Criteria
Standard College entry requirements (as detailed on page 12 of the Prospectus) and a minimum of:
GCSE English Language or English Literature
In at least one other predominantly written based GCSE subject (from English Language, English Literature, History, Religious Studies or Sociology)
Core Mathematics (Mathematical Studies) is a very useful complementary course for this subject and is strongly recommended as a further (4th) subject choice for students who are not taking A Level Mathematics or A Level Statistics options. See the Core Mathematics subject page for further details (page 92 of the Prospectus).
WHAT CAN I DO AFTER STUDYING A LEVEL GEOGRAPHY?
Geography can lead to a career in many different areas; some jobs may relate directly to a geography degree whereas other jobs will require you to use the skills that you have developed on the course.
All students are required to undertake 4 days of compulsory fieldwork as part of the A Level course.
Although students have access to online resources including our virtual learning environment (Moodle) and textbooks in lessons, it is highly recommended that they purchase the OCR A Level Geography 2nd Edition textbook which is used for both years of the course.