Geographers study interactions between people and the environment and as such the course combines elements from the humanities and sciences. The Eduqas specification used here at Wakefield College deals with real-life challenges such as changing climates, piracy and smuggling, migration crises and geopolitical conflicts, as well as traditional topics such as coastal processes and tectonic hazards. The course includes fieldwork in the local areas as well as further afield to places such as the Yorkshire coast, Sheffield and Manchester.
What you will study
* Changing Places
* Water and Carbon Cycles
* Migration and Ocean governances
* 21st Century Challenges
* Tectonic Hazards
* Weather and Climate
* Independent Investigation: A non-examined project on a geographical topic of your choice, based on primary and secondary data collection.
How you will learn
Lessons are varied and challenging, with a focus on applying the knowledge you gain from your independent study. There will be regular exam skills practice as well as collaborative tasks, competitions and research activities. Practical skills are essential at A-level, therefore some lessons will be spent outside the classroom, giving you the opportunity to test geographical ideas in the real world. All resources needed for independent study are stored online and many activities will be computer based in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint.
Your three exams (Components 1 to 3) account for 80% of the mark, with 20% for the independent investigation. All exams will be at the end of the two-year course and include:
?- Terminology questions which require a precise definition.
?- Short-answer questions using a resource, such as a photograph or map.
?- Skills questions where you make calculations or interpret a graph.
?- Short essays where you will evaluate, discuss or assess a point of view, action or issue.
?- Longer essays which require you to undertake a more detailed examination of a topic.
5 GCSEs at 9-4, including English Language and Maths.
Geography A-level is one of the facilitating subjects for Russell Group universities. Some courses include one or two facilitating subjects as an entry requirement, therefore studying geography, even if you are not sure of your next steps, will help to keep your options open. Geography A-level is also particularly useful for the following types of university course:
* American studies
* Civil Engineering
* Environmental Sciences or Environmental Mathematics
* Estate Management and Surveying
* Geology and Earth Sciences
* Human or Physical Geography
* Meteorology or Hazard Management
* Planning or Transport Studies
* Sustainable Development or Environmental Management
All aspects of business and industry need the skills you will gain during your geography A-level. Geography helps you to develop your numeracy and literacy skills as well as graphicacy (interpreting data and figures), cartography (map skills) and communication skills.
You will become more able to express your ideas and explain complex issues as well as debate both sides of an argument. The practical activities and fieldwork will help you to plan, carry out and draw conclusions from a project, whilst the study skills you learn will enable you to be self-managing and independent.