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Geography Edexcel Advanced GCE

The A Level Geography course incorporates a wide range of contemporary global issues that are of great importance to modern society. The course offers pupils the chance to discover more fully our remarkable changing world, and aims to encourage pupils to develop a range of skills essential for university and the world of work.

Geography’s strength is its breadth of subject matter – the A Level provides a significant bridge between the topics studied at school and university. As a facilitating subject, it leads on to a diverse range of degree courses for both BA and BSc qualifications. Geography graduates pursue careers in a wide variety of fields including law, banking and commerce, local government and planning, business, environmental issues, recreation, travel and tourism, agriculture and horticulture, civil engineering, publishing, the news media, teaching, and advertising.

EXAMINATION

     
Dynamic Landscapes The study of physical landscapes, contextualised through tectonic processes and hazards and the threats facing our evolving coastal landscapes, will give an understanding of the core processes which drive change on the Earth’s surface. Topical issues are investigated through the study of the water cycle and water security, the carbon cycle and energy security and climate change and the planet’s future 30%
2hr paper
Dynamic Places The study of the changing human influences on the world around us, by investigating the causes and consequences of globalisation on different people and places, and how we reimage and rebrand places. Global issues are explored through the study of geopolitics, the influence of superpowers and the reasons for shifting political and economic power. There will be the opportunity to study Global Health, Human Rights and the intervention into humanitarian crisis. 30%
2hr paper
Geographical Debates Geographical debates allows leaners to explore in depth some of the most challenging, dynamic and fascinating issues of the 21st century, linking the range of human and physical topics studied. 20%
1hr45min paper
Investigative Geography This component allows learners to undertake an independent investigation linked to an aspect of the specification to satisfy their intellectual curiosity. This component is designed to encourage learners to deepen their knowledge and understanding whilst developing a number of geographical and study skills relevant to Higher Education or within the world of work. 20%
Independent project

Geographical skills and fieldwork are embedded throughout the content, ensuring learners become both adaptable and resilient, no matter their future pathway.

A Level Geography requires an enquiring approach and an interest in the world around you. Wide background reading of quality newspapers and magazines is essential. Lessons will be a mixture of research, presentations, geographical field work skills, and investigations using texts, journals, DVDs and the internet. Pupils will learn to collect, present and interpret data, to analyse information, to produce coherent, well-argued essays and reports, and to empathise and develop an understanding of values and opinions.

There will be a residential field trip in the summer term of the Lower Sixth, where pupils will learn and practise the field skills needed for the Investigative Geography component. This will cost approximately £400. In addition we encourage membership of the Local Geographical Association, attendance at the free lecture programme and subscription to Geography Review. Every two years we offer 50 Sixth Form geographers the opportunity to visit the extraordinary island of Iceland for six days, during the October half-term. This costs approximately £860.





Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus