|Geography Curriculum Plan|
“Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future.” – Michael Palin
Geography tackles the really big issues facing modern society – environmental responsibility, our global interdependence, cultural understanding and tolerance, commerce, trade and industry. The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why, and helps to prepare you for those changes.
The transferable skills which geography fosters are an asset in the complex world of employment today. Geography is about the future and encourages flexible thinking. It is less likely that you will spend all your life with one company or organisation (the ‘job for life’), so flexible thinking is a great attribute. Geographical study fosters these qualities and provides a firm basis for life-long learning.
Almost daily geographical topics are in the news and discussed in the media. We encourage all our students to take an interest in what current geography is happening in the world. A few excellent websites include: the BBC, National Geographic and Global Eye which is specifically geared towards key stage 4 level and is an excellent source for case studies and other detailed information.
Course Title: A-level Geography
Exam board: WJEC
Exam Code: AS – 2201 ……. A2 – 3201
Exam Board web site: www.wjec.co.uk
Assessment method: The Geography A level is assessed by 4 units all examinations.
Minimum requirement: Standard entry requirements of five A*-C grades including English language and mathematics. It is not necessary to have studied Geography at GCSE level.
About the course
Geography is a popular academic course where students will develop and apply their understanding of geographical concepts and processes to understand and interpret our rapidly changing world. Students will develop an awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments at scales from local to global. While studying the course students will develop as global citizens who recognize the challenges of sustainability and the implications for their own and othersâ€™ lives. Most of all, students will be inspired by the world around them, and gain enjoyment and satisfaction from their geographical studies and understand their relevance.
G1 (1201) is 50% of AS and 25% of the A level and covers changing physical environments, in particular it focuses on investigating climate change and investigating tectonic and hydrological change.
G2 (1202) is 50% of AS and 25% of the A level and covers changing human environments, in particular it focuses on investigating population change and investigating settlement change.
G3 (1203) is 30% of the A level and covers physical and human geography students study coastal landforms and their management and also globalization.
G4 (1204) is 20% of the A level and covers sustainability students study sustainable food supply, sustainable water supply, sustainable energy and sustainable cities.
Academic and Career Pathways
Geography provides you with the skills required to study at a higher level whilst also developing skills that will be useful in the workplace. Students who have studied Geography in the past have followed a wide range of pathways including university, training schemes and employment. For university the course is particularly suitable preparation for Geography, Hazard Management, Environmental Science, Town Planning, Conservation and Tourism to name just a few.
|“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement: the greatest source of visual beauty: the greatest source of interest.” – Sir David Attenborough|