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Geography

 

Geography is a popular option at A-Level. It is up to date, relevant and is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today.  Students enjoy the scope of the material covered, the insights it can provide into understanding the world around us and the contemporary nature of the issues it tackles. It is a versatile subject, which bridges arts and sciences and has as its focus the relationships between people and their environment both locally and globally. Geography helps us to understand our own lives in a global world and face issues like climate change, water, food security and poverty eradication.

The range of skills covered is equally useful whether students intend to continue their studies at university or enter the world of work. The A-Level course will help develop and produce evidence of problem solving, data collection, communication skills, spatial awareness, report writing, graphicacy, decision making, statistical analysis, independent research, IT, teamwork and leadership. Fieldwork supports topics taught and there are optional curriculum enrichment trips to locations such as Iceland and the Bay of Naples. Girls are encouraged to attend local Geographical Association lectures at Judd School and in London.

Assessment:

Paper 1: AS. Core physical geography. Data response and structured questions.  Weighting 25%.

  • Hydrology, rivers, floods and management.
  • Atmosphere and weather.
  • Plate tectonics, rocks and weathering.

 

Paper 2: AS. Core human geography. Data response and structured questions.  Weighting 25%.

  • Population. Population- resource relationships and management.
  • Migration. Internal and international processes and patterns.
  • Urban and rural settlement in developed and developing countries.

 

Paper 3: A2. Advanced physical geography options.  Structured questions and short essays.  Weighting 25%.

  • Hazardous environments. Tectonic processes, mass movements and atmospheric disturbances.
  • Coasts. Coastal processes and landforms. Coral reefs. Sustainable management. OR Deserts.

 

Paper 4: A2. Advanced human geography options.  Structured questions and short essays.  Weighting 25%.

  • Global interdependence. Trade, debt and aid. Tourism and sustainable management.
  • Economic transition. Global inequalities in social and economic well-being. Transnational companies. Regional disparities and management.

Each examination is 1 hour 30 minutes.

Examinations: Cambridge International geography A-Level retains an AS examination (papers 1 & 2) taken in late October or early November of the Upper Sixth year. This could be in half-term fortnight. The A2 examination (papers 3 & 4) is taken at the end of the two year course.

NB: There is no compulsory field work and no course work in this geography syllabus.

Career Opportunities

Statistics show that compared with other subjects geographers are among the most employable. This is because they possess the abilities and skills which employers look for, derived from a combination of arts and sciences. Examples include: Financial services, personnel, conservation, planning, environmental consultancy, Geographical Information Systems, IT, marketing, heritage management, research, teaching, management, information services, water companies, civil service, the media, leisure and tourism, land management, surveying, cartography, weather forecasting, geology, transport, development and graduate training schemes in most companies.

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