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Advanced - Geography

EXAM BOARD: AQA (specification 7037 2-year course)

PROVISIONAL COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
You should have achieved an Average Point Score across all your GCSE subjects of 4+. It is desirable but not essential to have studied Geography at GCSE. Grade 5 minimum in English.

AIM OF THE COURSE
The Geography A Level consists of 6 units spread across Year 12 and 13. Fieldwork is a central part of the A Level course and applies directly to the students’ performance on Component 3 which is a fieldwork investigation project (3000-4000 words) totalling 20% of the final grade.

YEAR 12 and YEAR 13 SUMMARY
Component 1 Physical Geography (worth 40%, 2 hr 30 exam)
• Water and Carbon Cycle
• Coastal Systems and Landscapes
• Hazards
Component 2 Human Geography (worth 40%, 2hr30 exam)
• Changing Places
• Contemporary Urban Environments
• Global Systems and Global Governance
Component 3 Geographical Fieldwork Investigation
Students will undertake a fieldwork study in Year 12 and produce a fieldwork project on this (worth 20%, 3000-4000 words)

CAREER PROSPECTS
Geography will provide you with a broad skill base making you attractive to many employers. You will develop a range of skills useful to the workplace through what is considered to be a strong academic subject. Many geographers end up in journalism, accounting, law, civil service, police, teaching, business management, marketing, advertising, environmental science/ management and the leisure and sport industry. Geography combines both the Arts and Sciences equipping students with a number of vital skills for work in the 21st century and making them highly employable. 

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