Geography

 Specification: Edexcel

Qualification: A Level

Why study Geography?

Geography is the study of the world and the numerous interactions between physical and human processes. There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degredation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most contemporary and relevant courses students could choose to study. Whatever your passion for the world – fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality – geography will provide students with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you towards a breadth of opportunities in further education and employment.

What will I study?

Physical geography

Dynamic landscapes; tectonic processes and hazards and coastal landscapes

Water Cycle and Water Insecurity

Carbon Cycle

Human geography

Dynamic places; globalisation and shaping places, and a study of how places are regenerated.

Energy Security, Global Development and Health, Human Rights and Intervention.

Superpowers

 

Part of the work on coastal landscapes and regenerating places will involve Geographical investigations where fieldwork is essential. You will also have to complete an Independent Investigation using fieldwork data collected during our compulsory fieldtrip in the summer of Year 12.

Assessment Method

Three  written papers

Paper 1:  Physical Geography – worth 30%

Paper 2: Human Geography – worth 30%

Paper 3: Synoptic paper investigating about a geographical issue with a resource booklet

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.

Future Opportunities & Careers

Geography offers a range of transferable skills and Geography or related studies at University can lead to a wide variety of careers including: Coastal engineer, Expedition leader, GIS specialist, Travel writer, Conservation work, Architect, Weather forecasting, Management consultant, Cartographer, Aid worker, Surveyor, Hazard management, Environmental consultant, Journalist, Researcher, Pollution analyst

Entry requirements

Grade 4 or better in Geography GCSE.

Course expenses

All students attend fieldwork visits during the A Level course; this includes a 4-night residential at the end of Year 12. The approximate cost will be £350 for the trip. We encourage all students to subscribe to Geography Review, an A Level magazine, at a cost of £12.50 per year.

 

Head of Department: Mrs Sally Dutton

Email: sally.dutton@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk

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