Why study Geography?
There is a one day visit to Roman remains that will cost about £10. A more general History trip is organised for the Easter holiday but is not compulsory. We are encouraging all students to purchase a book, costing £16.99, to support the course.
What will I study?
In year 12 you will study both physical and human geography by considering dynamic landscapes; tectonic processes and hazards and coastal landscapes and dynamic places; globalisation and shaping places, a study of how places are regenerated. Part of the work on coastal landscapes and regenerating places will involve Geographical investigations where fieldwork is essential. In year 13 you will study the Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, Energy Security, Global Development and
Health, Human Rights and Intervention. There is also a synoptic assessment that draws on one of the units covered. You will also have to complete Independent Investigation using fieldwork data collected during our second compulsory fieldtrip.
How will I be assessed?
You will sit three external examinations at the end of year 13; the first two both worth 30% each and the third 20% of the A Level. This will be an exam comprising two sections and a resource booklet including synoptic resources. You will complete a piece of coursework which is worth 20%; based upon an Independent Investigation of a topic from the Units we have covered.
Grade C or better in English Language and Geography GCSE.
All students attend fieldwork visits during the A Level course; this will be a 4 night residential at the end of year 12. The approximate cost will be £300 for the trip. We encourage all students to subscribe to Geography Review, an A Level magazine, at a cost of £12.50 per year.