AQA 2031
  • The most important reason for studying Geography is because you enjoy it. We welcome you to study this fascinating and important subject. You will study a wide range of topics.

    Geography will help you see clearly and understand accurately the environment that surrounds you. It should make you evaluate and sometimes challenge the way in which the world operates.

    WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS COURSE?

    There are 2 units:
    Unit 1: Physical geography and people and the environment (50% - 90 minutes - 80 marks)
    This module is examined in June of Year 12. It includes questions on:

    • Coastal systems & landscapes: coasts as dynamic systems; coastal landscape development; coastal management. Case studies include both a local and distance example of coastlines and how they present risks and opportunities for human occupation and development.
    • Hazards: the concept of a hazard; plate tectonics; volcanic hazards; seismic hazards; storm hazards; fires in nature. Case studies include a multi-hazardous environment beyond the UK to illustrate and analyse the nature of hazards.

    Unit 2: Human geography and geographical fieldwork investigation (50% - 90 minutes - 80 marks)
    This module is examined in June of Year 12. It includes questions on:

    • Changing places: the nature and importance of places; how places are represented in the media; the meanings people attach to places; exploring the relationships and connections between places. Case studies include both a local and distant example of places by exploring the developing character of that place.
    • Fieldwork investigation: this paper directly examines your fieldwork. You will be asked questions on your methodology, what results you obtained and what conclusions you came to. There will also be other skills questions based around a data source. This paper replaces coursework. There is no longer an individual piece of coursework for Geography AS-level.

    WHAT ABOUT FIELDWORK? Fieldwork is a compulsory and fun part of the syllabus. It reinforces classroom theory and will often bring a topic to life. Fieldwork is graded and assessed as a normal part of the course. The AS course has a module on fieldwork (Unit 2). There are 2 day trips in year 12. The first is to Stratford to study its recent regeneration, and the second is to Camber Sands to measure sand dune succession.

    A full copy of the syllabus can be downloaded from here.

    Summary

    If you have a lively mind, and would like to look at current issues and understand the world around you: we will welcome you on the Geography course. If you have any further questions, do ask any member of the Geography Department. I would also recommend the AQA website for much more specific detail on the specification.

  • The multi-skilled nature of Geography makes it an ideal vehicle to assist students in their development of the Key Skills. A few examples are listed below:

    i. Communication:

    • Oral presentations in class
    • Discussion and debate
    • Role play
    • Writing a coherent argument about an issue
    • Reading newspaper articles, specialist magazines and a variety of texts.

    ii. Application of number:

    • Data analysis to comment on a real world issue
    • Planning fieldwork data collection
    • Collecting data on rivers whilst wading in them!
    • Interpreting your fieldwork data
    • Carrying out statistical analysis to make sense of your data. Geography involves the handling and interpreting a great deal of data but always in relation to a particular question or issue.

    iii. Information Technology:

    • Using Geographic Information Systems.
    • Processing data using data handling packages.
    • Analysing and presenting information particularly for your fieldwork.

    iv. Problem Solving.

    • This is an important aspect of Geography. We have one whole module dedicated to the key skill of problem solving and decision making.

    v. Working with others:

    • There will be many situations in class where you have to co-operate with other students. The main opportunity that you will be given to ‘work with others’ is through fieldwork.

    vi. Improving your own learning:

    • Listening to others
    • Thinking
    • Critically evaluating your own work
    • Critically evaluating the work of others
  • You will normally be taught by two teachers in Year 12 and 13. One will mainly teach you physical geography and the other human geography. (This may vary depending on timetable constraints)

  • The minimum requirement is that of entry into the sixth form i.e. students must achieve at least A grades in the subjects they wish to study at AS-level.

  • Support for Students

    Support available for A-level Geography students

    Your Geography teacher should always be the first person to talk to when you have received back an assignment, unit test or practice paper. It is your responsibility to read carefully the written comments on your work to find out where marks have been gained/lost. This is to ensure that you fully understand what you need to target for improvement. You may be asked to redo a section of work if it falls significantly below the standard of work predicted by your Minimum Target Grade.

    In addition, you should also consider the following student-led strategies for improving your work:

    Re-reading your notes and textbook Making revision notes / flash cards Consolidating work after lessons or end of topic Completing extra questions (see AQA website below) Self-marking extra questions (see Coolgeography website below)

    Useful websites: Geography Fronter page – portal for homework tasks and UCAS reading list LatymerTube portal – to watch videos missed due to absence AQA website – past papers and mark schemes S-cool website – revision materials and question bank Coolgeography website – revision materials and question bank

  • Geography can be used as an entrance qualification for a wide variety of courses from Law to Environmental Management. You will be spoilt for choice if you wish to study Geography on its own! As well as ‘pure’ Geography degrees there are a wide variety of Geography related courses e.g. European Studies, Environmental Sciences, Urban Planning, Development Studies, Geological Science …….. and so on.

    Geography graduates are very employable; in fact they have one of the lowest rates of unemployment for graduates. Employers like the range of skills they have to offer. The general areas of finance, management, marketing and administration have been the employment destinations of more than half of the Geography graduates in recent years. Environmental planning, teaching, information services, social services, creative and media appointments accounted for the majority of the remainder.

    A recent growth area for geographers is helping companies with the area of sustainable development and environmental impact assessments.