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Geography

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Specification AQA A Level Geography (7037)
Contact Miss J Smith (Curriculum Leader: Geography)
Entry Requirements Previous study at GCSE with a grade B or above in Geography and a grade 5 English Language.

 

Is this course for me?

If you are interested in social, economic or political events that are currently shaping our world or if you want to know more about the planet we live on and consider how we can carefully manage our use of it then this course is for you. In addition, the course will provide you with valuable skills of data analysis and synthesis which are skills employers highly value.

Where can it take me?

Geographers go into many lines of work. Many geographers can be found working in financial services including leading accountants and fund managers. Geography teaching is a career for which a Geography degree is obviously a must but geographers are also highly sought in work requiring highly developed logistical operations such as supermarkets. In addition many geographers also work in environmental management, law, advertising and sales. In short, Geography opens doors to many careers and closes very few.

What do current students think?

  • “Geography uses a number of skills including essay writing, analytical skills, problem solving as well as numeracy skills, so it makes it a great subject to bridge the gap between the Sciences/Maths and English”
  • “All my Geography lessons so far have been really interesting; I find that it complements my other subjects really well, as it covers a broad range of topics.”

 

A Level Qualification Structure:

This qualification is linear and will be assessed at the end of the two year course. It also includes an internally assessed geographical investigation.

Component 1 – Physical Geography

This unit investigates the processes leading to several current geographical issues and how we can manage them. You will study: Major stores of water and carbon cycles at or near the earth’s surface and the dynamic cyclical relationships associated with them and investigate impacts and human responses to natural hazards including seismic and storms in contrasting areas across the world.
You will also study glacial systems and landscapes with detailed study into the origin and development of landforms and landscapes of glacial erosion/deposition.

You will also begin to consider the concept of environmental fragility with studies of human impacts on fragile cold environments over time and on a variety of scales. You will consider the recent and prospective impact of climate change on cold environments with attempts to express how management strategies may be adopted in alternate possible futures.

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Component 2 – Human Geography

This section explores the relationships between population numbers, population health and wellbeing, levels of economic development and the role and impact of the natural environment. You will also have the opportunity to investigate the dynamics of changing places with consideration to the topography, physical geography, history, land use, built environment and infrastructure, demographic and economic characteristics. You will also study trends in the volume and pattern of international trade and investment associated with globalisation as well as the development of technologies, systems and arrangements supporting international trade.

Component 3 – Geographical Investigation

You will be given the opportunity to conduct a minimum of four days of fieldwork which relate to both human and physical elements of the course. This will enable the opportunity to explore a range of data collection techniques as well as analyse and interpret findings before concluding and critically evaluating in relation to a hypothesis/key question.

Examples of fieldwork conducted in previous years include, a trip to Wycoller with a focus on hydrology, to investigate factors influencing river discharge, as well as a trip to Leeds to investigate changing demographics through a transect of the city.
There will be two exams based on the Human and Physical elements of the course lasting 2.5 hours each. The Geographical Investigation will be internally assessed and contributes to 20% of the final A2 grade.