geography a level
Exam board: edexcel
QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED TO START THE COURSE
General qualifications for your chosen pathway (see What to study/LaSWAP pathways)
6 or above in geography or 6 or above in English language
5 or above in maths
YEAR 12 COURSE SPECIFICATION
Dynamic landscapes: tectonic processes & hazards; the water cycle (including rivers and flooding) and water security; carbon cycle and energy security; coastal landscape systems, processes & change.
YEAR 13 COURSE SPECIFICATION
Dynamic places: globalisation, superpowers, regenerating places, global development and connections, migration and sovereignty.
LEARNING AND SKILLS
You will be expected to:
- Read around topics in depth by regularly reading a broadsheet (non-tabloid) newspaper and specific articles from geographical magazines and websites relating to the topics being studied.
- Develop your field work skills, especially those linked to your chosen individual investigation topic.
- Become more familiar with quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques.
- Know how to use basic mathematical tests to help analyse data.
EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT
|Units||Type of Assessment||Duration||Weighting|
|Dynamic landscape||Written exam||2 hours||30%|
|Dynamic places||Written exam||2 hours||
|Synoptic paper||Exam||1 hour 45 minutes||
This subject is very well respected by universities and employers because after studying the course you will become expert at investigating, interpreting, analysing and drawing conclusions about a wide range of issues, from a wide range of sources, using a very wide range of skills.
Universities recognise A level geography as covering more skills than any other A level subject. Furthermore, those with powerful and effective communication skills are highly valued by employers.
In today’s world geography is an extremely relevant subject covering issues ranging from the need to curb urban growth, how international migration should be handled and the consequences of climate change. Employers in many fields are keen to employ those who have studied and given some in-depth thought to these issues.
You can apply to do a degree in a wide range of subjects such as geography (BSc – physical), geography (BA – human), environmental management, geography and a language, geography and economics or maths, demographic studies, development studies, business or retail management, aviation and engineering.