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Geography A Level 3

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What will you be working towards?

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Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

This is a linear course with all examinations at the end of the two years of study.

 

Geography is a current and relevant subject that will help you make sense of real world issues and places.  Geography in the Sixth form will encourage you to:

  • Acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of physical processes and environments
  • Acquire communication, numerical, graphical, problem solving and teamwork skills
  • Develop an understanding of the inter-relationships between people and their environments
  • Understand how decisions are made concerning the use and management of environments and resources
  • Develop your own values and attitudes in relation to geographical issues and questions
  • Become critical, reflective and independent learners

Help prepare you to succeed in your chosen pathway

Details

The A level Geography course contains the following units:

Area of study 1: Dynamic Landscapes

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Landscape Systems, Processes and Change

 

Area of study 2: Dynamic Places

  • Globalisation
  • Regenerating Places

 

Area of study 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability

  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

 

Area of study 4: Human Systems and Geopolitics

  • Superpowers
  • Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

 

Students will also undertake an individual piece of coursework based upon their own independent investigation

How will it be delivered?

Students are assessed in school using exam questions, end-of-unit tests and homework activities.

 

Paper 1 Written examination: 2 hours

30% of the qualification 90 marks

This paper will examine the following topics:

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 10-mark and 15-mark extended writing questions.

 

Paper 2 Written examination: 2 hours

30% of the qualification 90 marks

This paper will examine the following topics:

  • Globalisation
  • Regenerating Places
  • Superpowers
  • Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 10-mark and 15-mark extended writing questions.

Paper 3 Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

20% of the qualification 60 marks

This paper is a synoptic investigation which will draw on knowledge from all of the compulsory topics.  Students will be given a resource booklet and answer questions relating to:

  • Players
  • Attitudes and actions
  • Futures and uncertainties

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 6-mark, 15-mark and 18-mark extended writing questions.

 

Coursework: Independent Investigation (9GE0/04)

Non-examined assessment

20% of the qualification 60 marks

The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification

Entry requirements

Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6, in Geography and in other subjects to be studied at A level

 

Your next steps...

Higher education to study geography, other areas of humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to geography such as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. You could also go straight into a job as the qualification will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.You could take this course with other Advanced level courses such as Travel and Tourism or Health and Social Care, to prepare for higher education in areas of geography, humanities, science or more general higher education courses.

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