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Exam board – AQA
Entry Requirement – GCSE Grade 5 or above in English and Geography

Who Should I contact for more information – Miss Buchanan, Mr Payne, Miss Greenshields or Mr Blay

What does this Course lead to?
This course is recognised by top universities in the country and will enable you to follow a wide variety of career paths including cartographer, surveyor, environmental consultant, geographical information systems officer, teacher, own planner, international aid/development worker, landscape architect, logistics and distribution manager, market researcher, nature conservation officer, tourism officer, transport planner, archaeology.

What will I study

Physical geography

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Hot desert environments and their margins
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Ecosystems under stress
  • Cold environments

Human geography

  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Contemporary urban environments
  • Population and the environment
  • Resource security

Geography fieldwork investigation and Skills

  • Geography fieldwork investigation

What are the benefits of studying this course and what will I gain from it?

You will

  • Develop knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments, at all geographical scales from local to global across the specification as a whole
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the selected core and non-core processes in physical and human geography at a range of temporal and spatial scales, and of the concepts which illuminate their significance in a range of locational contexts
  • Recognise and be able to analyse the complexity of people–environment interactions at all geographical scales, and appreciate how these underpin understanding of some of the key issues facing the world today
  • Improve understanding of the ways in which values, attitudes and circumstances have an impact on the relationships between people, place and environment, and develop the knowledge and ability to engage, as citizens, with the questions and issues arising
  • Become confident and competent in selecting, using and evaluating a range of quantitative and qualitative skills and approaches, (including observing, collecting and analysing geo-located data) and applying them
  • Develop as a critical and reflective learner, able to articulate opinions, suggest relevant new ideas and provide evidenced arguments in a range of situations.
  • Travel to different locations through organised field trips

How will I be assessed

Physical Geography
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 40%

Human Geography
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 40% 
Geographical investigation 3,000–4,000 words 20%