Course type: A level & Applied • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel
Geography is exciting and relevant and a subject for our times. You will be given the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the relationship between people and the environment, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners. You will gain insight into the forces shaping the present, and future, of our societies and environments. A key part of the course involves fieldwork which is currently provided by day trips within the area of Greater London.
1. Tectonic Processes and Hazards
2. Coastal Landscapes and Change
2. Regenerating Places or Diverse Places
Physical Systems and Sustainability
1. The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
2. The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Human Systems and Geopolitics
2. Migration, Identity & Sovereignty or Health, Human Rights & Intervention
80% of the marks are for three exams of 2 hours 15 minutes each. 20% of the marks are for an Independent Investigation of 3000-4000 words. (The four days of field work feeds into this coursework.)
Geography is included amongst the key facilitating subjects in a guide compiled by the Russell Group of 20 leading universities. Jobs related directly to geography include Cartography, Surveying, Environmental Consultancy, GIS Officer and Teaching. The transferability of geographic knowledge and skills also make it one of the most sought after qualifications for many other careers such as International Aid, Logistics and Distribution, Finance, Tourism and Transport.
To qualify to study 3 A level/ Applied subjects, you will need to achieve 6 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, preferably including English Language or Maths at grade 4 or above.
In addition/ within those 6 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 4 in Maths.
- Fieldwork trip to local and regional areas.
- Opportunities to attend conferences and hear keynote speakers.