Sixth Form: Geography
Updated: Thu 10 Nov 2016
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: B GRADE IN GCSE GEOGRAPHY
Subject Leader: Ms J Winterburn
Examination Board: Edexcel
A2 Syllabus Code: 601/8417/6 (9GEO)
Examinations: 80% at A2
Coursework: 20% at A2
“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future." - Michael Palin, President – Royal Geographical Society.
What is A-Level Geography?
The world in which we live is rapidly changing. A-Level Geography allows us to understand how and why it is changing and how we can respond and adapt to such change, through examination of contemporary case studies and ideas. Geographical issues have become increasingly frequent in local, national and international debates including global physical hazards, climate change, globalisation, migration, urbanisation, extreme weather, energy security, water conflicts, global superpowers, and development, to name but a few! During this A-Level Geography course you will study all the above issues – and many more besides. There has never been a better, nor more significant time, to study Geography.
What makes a good Geographer?
Whilst studying Geography, you will develop communication skills, literacy and numeracy, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness. To be a good geographer, you need to be curious; to be open to having your preconceptions about the world challenged; to want to develop an opinion and to be keen to engage in debate about the future. Through this course, you will grow as an independent thinker and as an informed and engaged citizen, who understands the role and importance of geography as one of the key disciplines relevant to understanding the world’s changing peoples, places and environments.
What can I expect to learn in Geography?
A-Level (involves 4 days of fieldwork over two years):
1: Dynamic Landscapes (30%)
Tectonic Processes and Hazards; Coastal Landscapes; The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity; The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security; Climate Change Futures
2: Dynamic Places (30%)
Globalisation; Shaping Places; Superpowers; Global Development and Connections
3: Physical Systems and Sustainability (20%)
This synoptic investigation brings together your understanding of geography from across the course to examine a specified place. It will link to themes e.g. players, attitudes and actions; futures and uncertainties.
4: Human Systems and Geopolitics (Coursework 20%)
This independent investigation is an opportunity for you to specialise and investigate an area that interests you. You will define and investigate a question of your choice, then collect qualitative and quantitative data, and present, analyse and evaluate it, in order to develop your geographical understanding.
Where could Geography take me?
A successful A-Level geographer will leave with a broad and detailed understanding of key national and global issues, as well as the capability to successfully acquire, present and analyse data and write academic essays. As well as conducting fieldwork investigations at the coast, we run a bi-annual fieldtrip to Iceland and regularly visit the Royal Geographical Society to attend workshops and public debates.
It is often said that Geography ‘opens doors’ as its multidisciplinary nature enhances understanding in many academic fields and it complements subjects including Politics, History, Economics, Business Studies, and Biology to name a few. Its subject matter offers a sound basis for a variety of career opportunities and the particular skills acquired in the study of Geography are highly sought after by employers in finance, modern industry, government, science and education.