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Geography

Faculty: Humanities                                                                          

Level: AS and A2

Examination Board / website: Edexcel Examination Board

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/geography/Pages/default.aspx

Assessment Details:

There are four modules which are assessed by written examination, as detailed below. As part of the course, students will be expected to write essays, analyse data conduct fieldwork and research, deliver presentations and carry out self assessment as part of their class work and homework. There is no coursework element to the course.

Written Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting):

AS Level:

Unit 1 Global Challenges                    1hr30    60% (30% of full A-level)

Unit 2 Geographical Investigations      1hr15    40% (20% of full A-level)

A2 Level:

Unit 3 Contested Planet                      2hr30    30%

Unit 4 Geographical Research             1hr30    20%

Practical Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, dates):

None

Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, submission dates) :

None

Course Outline:

Geography at Hendon Sixth Form is a modern and engaging subject which both interests and challenges students.

The A-Level course is designed to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of geographical themes based on both physical and human Geography. Students will find the course involves stimulating new geographical topics as well as some more familiar subject matter from GCSE. The syllabus is designed to address key ideas and debates in our world today, such as climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration and management of the world’s resources. Students will explore a range of issues and examine potential solutions to them.

Fieldwork is built into the programme of study from the very beginning of the course. Two fieldtrips, one residential, will be undertaken in the spring term of year 12. These are an essential and integrated part of the syllabus, and a requirement for the examinations.

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course:

Students on the Geography A-Level course will be expected to be enthusiastic and work independently when undertaking fieldwork and research.  Students are required to write essays, conduct fieldwork and research, deliver presentations and carry out self assessment as part of the classwork and homework of the course.

Goes well with - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Business, History

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

Geography gives you excellent transferable skills, and acts as a very good bridge between traditional arts and sciences subject divisions. Areas of study and work that follow on well from Geography include:

Geography

Geology and Natural Sciences

Environmental Science

Environmental Managements

International Development

Anthropology

Disaster Management

Education

Governance and Social Policy

Business and Finance

Media and Politics

For further information, please contact: Mr G. Berry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

*N.B. First teaching of the new geography AS and A2 will be from September 2016

Thursday the 30th. Hendon School, Golders Rise, Hendon, London, NW4 2HP ~ Tel: 020 8202 9004 ~ Fax: 020 8202 3341 ~ E-mail: info@hendonschool.co.uk