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Key Stage 5 - Year 12/13

Carrying on with Geography from GCSE to A level can open the doors to a university degree, either specifically in Geography or by combining Geography with other A levels to gain a place on a degree programme in another subject. Geography is recognised for its academic robustness and, most importantly, it also helps young people into the world of work. Employers prize the knowledge and skills that Geography can provide, be it knowing how the world works, planning research and report writing, working in a team, using new technologies and communication skills – and much more. You will find geographers working in a wide range of jobs, from the City to planning, working in the environment to travel and tourism, or in international charities or retail. Studying Geography helps young people achieve careers that are professionally and financially rewarding and also enjoyable.

Geography at A level should be studied by those who want to further their understanding of the world in which they live. The subject provides the scope to engage with the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time and the opportunities and challenges of the physical environment. Pupils will be expected to undertake their own research and make presentations. There is a fieldtrip to the Lake District in Year 12 for pupils to learn and develop fieldwork skills for the second AS unit

At AS, all candidates will study core human and physical geography. Pupils will develop a variety of geographical skills, which will broaden and deepen existing knowledge and gain a greater degree of independence.

Topics studied at AS:

-  Rivers, floods and management
-  Cold environments
-  Global population change
-  Food supply issues.

In addition there is an Applied Geography paper which includes research, investigative, ICT, graphical, cartographical and statistical skills and is partly based on fieldwork carried out by the pupil.

The A2 course develops the subject through the study of different physical systems and more complex, contemporary human ones. Essay writing is an important skill taught at A2, and pupils will be expected to read widely, observe and digest current world affairs.

Topics studied at A2:

Contemporary Geographical Issues which examines the following themes:
-  Development and globalization
-  Weather and climate and associated hazards
-  Plate tectonics and associated hazards
-  World cities.

The final unit at A2 is a Geographical Issue Evaluation exercise which gives pupils the opportunity to use their skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

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