The course allows students to reflect on how decisions made must be sustainable for future generations and the potential impact of these choices. The course requires five fieldwork days, studying both physical and human Geography. Topics covered throughout the course include; coastal systems and landscapes, ecosystems, water and carbon cycles, global systems and global governance, changing places and contemporary urban environments.
Grade 4 in GCSE Geography with Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.
• Component 2 – External Examination = 40%
• Component 3 – Internal Assessment – moderated by AQA = 20%
• Changing Places
• Contemporary Urban Environments
• Geographical Skills
• Ecosystems under stress
• Water and Carbon Cycles
• Global Systems and Governance
• Geographical Fieldwork Investigation
Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. The course combines well with art, science, law and business. Previous students have gone on to study Geography and its related subjects at degree level and have pursued careers in education, management and journalism.
Students need to have good communication and written skills, be able to work as part of a team, and demonstrate problem-solving and numeracy skills. They will learn in a wide variety of ways: using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photographs, videos, podcasts, as well as attending lectures and study days, and will be encouraged to use higher level thinking skills and show a grasp of complex issues. They will also be able to take part in a 4 day residential trip and plan and execute an independent Geographical investigation.
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