THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Key Stage 5

Exam Board: AQA

Contact: Mr. S. Beardsley

Are you inspired by the changing world around you? Are you keen to develop a knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of space, place, diversity, interdependence, people and environmental interaction? Then why not consider Geography?

AS focuses on the study of Physical and Human topics. The Physical topics covered in Year 12 are currently ‘Coastal Systems and Landscapes’ and ‘Hazards’. The Human topic covered is currently ‘Changing Places’. A field visit to The Cranedale Centre in North Yorkshire and the fieldwork and geographical skills gained from it are a compulstory part of this course.

A Level builds on the topics studied at AS but also includes the Physical topic of ‘Water and Carbon’ and the additional Human topics of ‘Global Systems and Global Governance’ and ‘Population and the Environment’. A Level Geography also requires the completion of a 3000 to 4000 word individual investigation (coursework) which must include the collection of data in the field. The focus of this investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

All A Level Geography Students will have the opportunity to visit Iceland during the two years of their studies in order to experience, at first hand, the spectacular interaction of Human and Physical systems in ‘the land of ice and fire’.

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSES 4-9 or A*-C to include Maths and English Lang or Lit Grade 5 + GCSE Geography 5 (Grade 6 desirable)

Where can Geography take me?

You could of course progress to a degree in Geography or other subjects such as Environmental Studies or Geology. In terms of careers, Geographers are very employable due to their wide range of skills. Students can go on to professions in surveying, environmentalism, tourism, landscape architecture or education.

AS LEVEL ASSESSMENT % of course
Paper 1
Paper 2
1 hour 30 minute exam
1 hour 30 minute exam
50%
50%
A LEVEL ASSESSMENT % OF course
Paper 1
Paper 2
Geographical Investigation
2 hour 30 minute exam
2 hour 30 minute exam
Internally Marked, Externally Moderated
40%
40%
20%