A LEVEL GEOGRAPHY

Awarding Body:AQACourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grades A*- C including English and Maths. An interest in Geography is essential but you do not need to have studied it at GCSE.

Course Content

There are many good reasons for studying Geography:

• You will explore our exciting world and our dynamic societies, environments, landscapes and cultures.
• You will use your knowledge and understanding of our planet to tackle big issues such as environmental responsibility, global interdependence and hazard management.
• You will develop essential skills for university and future employment including literacy, numeracy, ICT, problem solving, teamwork, thinking skills and enquiry.
• Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects.
• You will have many opportunities to conduct your own research by attending a range of field courses in diverse locations. Recent destinations include Snowdonia, Cornwall, California, Morocco, Iceland and Uganda.

Methods of Teaching

Geography lessons feature a wide range of teaching and learning techniques including decision-making exercises, discussions and debates, textual analysis and independent research using interactive resources.

We offer a wide range of extension opportunities including involvement with the Hampshire Geographical Association and the Cambridge University HE+ scheme. All students will participate in non-residential field courses in the local area and residential field courses are ofered in the UK and overseas.

Methods and Patterns of Assessment

Year 1 - 100% of the 1-year AS course is assessed by examination of 2 units:

Unit 1: Dynamic physical landscapes - An integrated study of earth surface processes, landforms and resultant landscapes; glacial, coastal or drylands.

Unit 2: Changing place; changing places - Examines the relationships and connections between people, the economy, society and the environment to explain why places are constantly changing

Year 2 - 80% of the 2-year A level course is assessed by examination and 20% is assessed through an independent fieldwork and research investigation. There are 2 units:

Unit 3: Earth systems: water and carbon cycling - A study of both the physical processes and the contemporary issues including water conflicts and global climate change.

Unit 4: Global connectivity and governance - An investigation into the ways in which global systems shape relationships between individuals, states and environments and their consequences, including topics such as development, migration and globalisation.

Financial Implications

There is a minimum requirement of two days of fieldwork for the AS course and four days of fieldwork for the A level course (approx. £10 per day). Short residential fieldwork opportunities are also offered (approx £200) as well as overseas fieldwork opportunities. The 2015 field courses are to Iceland (appx. £1000) and Uganda (approx. £2,300).

We offer a specialist journal at half price (£12.50 approx.) and you can join the Geographical Association (GA). Students are strongly encouraged to subscribe and attend the GA lectures and conferences.

Students will need to buy the course textbooks each year, (approx. £20). There are copies for loan in the Library. The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Career Progression

'Employers and universities see geography as a robust academic subject rich in skills, knowledge and understanding. The Russell Group report (2011) names geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects' Royal Geographical Society.

Geography prepares you for a wide range of university courses and careers through the development of knowledge and essential transferable skills.

Many A level geography students choose to study geography at university and with growing interest in issues such as climate change, energy security, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant degree courses you could choose to study. Therefore geography graduates are highly employable in a wide range of careers.

PLEASE NOTE: The AS/A Level Geography specification is changing in September 2016 and whilst the course content will indlude the topics specified, the final content and assessment is yet to be confirmed. Please check for updates on the course content during 2016.

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