Geography A Level

Geography A Level

Geography A Level

Course outline:

Geography focuses on Geographical skills and evaluative ability whilst studying the nature of physical and human elements. Exciting topics and content supports learner to debate contemporary challenges facing the world today.

Course Skills:

• Knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments, at all geographical and spatial scales
• Analysis of the complexity of people-environment interactions at all geographical scales
• Understanding of specialised concepts of causality, systems, equilibrium, feedback, inequality, representation, identity, globalisation, interdependence, mitigation and adaptation, sustainability, risk, resilience and thresholds
• Select, use and evaluate a range of quantitative and qualitative skills and approaches, (including observing, collecting and analysing geo-located data)
• Engage in fieldwork, plan, undertake and evaluate and apply geographical knowledge, skill and approaches in a rigorous way to a range of geographical questions and issues.

Course structure:

• Physical Systems (paper 1)
Landscape Systems, Earth’s Life Support Systems, Geographical Skills, Physical systems (01)
1 hour 30-minute written paper
22% of total A-Level
• Human Interactions (paper 2)
Changing Spaces – Making Places, Global Connections, Geographical Skills, Human interactions (02)
1 hour 30-minute written paper
22% of total A-Level
• Geographical Debates (paper 3)
Optionality 2 of 5 (teacher discretion) Climate Change, Disease Dilemmas, Exploring Oceans, Future of Food, Hazardous Earth, Geographical Skills, Geographical debates (03)
2 hours 30-minute written paper
36% of total A-Level
• Independent Investigation
Investigative geography (04/05)
Non-examination assessment (NEA)
20% of total A-Level

Key Facts:

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    Examination Board

    OCR Geography A-Level (H481)

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    Two years

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above preferably including Geography, English, Maths and Science at Grade 4 or above

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    Possible combinations:

    With A-Levels in other Sciences or Humanities/Arts

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    • Duke of Edinburgh Award (silver or gold)
    • A programme of activities through our Sixth Form Academy programme
    • Local field trips; environmental projects

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    Skills developed:

    • Written and practical skills and techniques
    • Cognitive and problem-solving skills, critical thinking
    • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and self-development
    • Making synoptic links between the real world and geographical theory
    • Self-directed study
    • Research techniques
    • Measurement and geo-spatial mapping skills
    • Data manipulation and statistical skills applied to field measurements
    • Analysis and presentation of field data
    • Innovation in investigating and presenting data

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    Likely next step opportunities:

    • Higher education for degree courses in Geography (Physical/Human), Environmental Science or related degree programmes
    • Career opportunities surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, and weather forecasting. Civil and corporate organisations, police, government, research organisations, law and business world also seek the practical research skills that
    geographers develop.

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    Assessment summary:

    80% Externally assessed examinations
    20% Externally assessed coursework

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