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A Level Geography

A Level Geography at St Edmund’s College, combines a topical mix of physical and human geopgraphy themes.

There nas never been a better time to study geography. Contemporary challenges such as climate change, economic globalisation and food security will be at the forefront of 21st century innovation. Studying these issues can lead to a career that will play an important role in shaping our future world.

Enrichment opportunities at St Ed’s include:

  • Field trips to enhance theoretical study (recent destinations include the Isle of Arran, Iceland, the Dolomites in Northern Italy and Chamonix)
  • Geography Society
  • Opportunities to experiment with a wave tank to explore coastal erosion patterns
Head of Department Mr P Bittles
Syllabus AQA

Course structure

The breakdown of course topics:

Unit 1 – Physical Geography

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes (optional)
  • Natural hazards

Unit 2 – Human Geography

  • Changing places
  • Global systems and governance
  • Contemporary urban environments

Rhetoric I (Year 12)

At the end of Rhetoric I there will be three internal assessments (water and carbon cycle, urban places, contemporary urban environments).

Rhetoric II (Year 13)

At the end of Rhetoric II there are three external assessments:

Unit 1 Physical Geography - Paper 1 - 40% 2.5 hours written
  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Natural hazards
Unit 2 Human geography - Paper 2 - 40% 2.5 hours written
  • Changing places
  • Global systems and governance
  • Contemporary urban environments
Fieldwork invetigation - 20% coursework

Students are required to undertake an independent investigation. This must incorporate a significant element of fieldwork. The fieldwork undertaken as part of the individual investigation may be based on either human or physical aspects of geography, or a combination of both.

Students are expected to submit a written report which is 3,000–4,000 words in length.

 

What other subject tells us so much about the great issues of the age - global change, batural and human?
Professor Andrew Goudie, University of Oxford
Key skills developed
Map reading Team work
Cartographic design Statistical analysis
Graphic and diagrammatic design Decision-making
Discussion and debate Analysis and evaluation
Simulation

 

 

Future pathways

The high standard of teaching coupled with students’ genuine interest in the topics studied mean that many are keen to pursue geography further, either as single honours or in a joint degree course.

A Level Geography develops skills, knowledge and an essential curiosity about the world we live in. These are sought-after transferable skills in both further education and the workplace.

Future related careers include sustainability, conservation, environmental planning, surveying, town or transport planning, waste and water management, tourism, and weather forecasting. The army, government, law and business sectors also value the unique geographer’s skill-set.