Geography

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel

Introduction

Citizenship 001

Geography is exciting and relevant and is the subject for our times. You will be given the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the relationship between people and the environment, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners. A key part of the course involves residential fieldwork to a coastal area in southern England.

  • Course units...

    Year 1

    Dynamic Landscapes – tectonic processes and hazards and coastal landscapes and change

    Dynamic Places – globalisation and regenerating places

    Year 2

    Physical Systems and Sustainability – the water cycle and water security and the carbon cycle and energy security

    Human Systems and Geopolitics – the impacts and sphere of influence of global superpowers, the global development and connections looking at migration, identity and sovereignty

     

     

  • Course assessment...

    80% of the marks are for three exams of 2 hours 15 minutes each.

    20% of the marks are for an Independent Investigation of 3000-4000 words. (The four days of field work feeds into this coursework.)

  • This course can lead to...

    Geography is included amongst the key facilitating subjects in a guide compiled by the Russell Group of 20 leading universities. Jobs related directly to geography include cartography, surveying, environmental consultant, GIS officer and teaching. The transferability of geographic knowledge and skills make it one of the most sought after qualifications for many other careers such as international aid, logistics and distribution, finance, tourism and transport.

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:

    Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 4 in Maths

  • Course highlights

    • A residential field trip to a coastal area – a chance for students to see the ‘real thing’, have fun and learn the skills required for independent investigation work
    • Opportunities to attend conferences and hear keynote speakers
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