Level: AS and A2
Examination Board / website: Edexcel Examination Board
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):
Unit 1 Global Challenges 1hr30 60% (30% of full A-level)
Unit 2 Geographical Investigations 1hr15 40% (20% of full A-level)
Unit 3 Contested Planet 2hr30 30%
Unit 4 Geographical Research 1hr30 20%
Practical Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, dates):
Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, submission dates) :
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:
Geology and Natural Sciences
Governance and Social Policy
Business and Finance
Media and Politics
*N.B. First teaching of the new geography AS and A2 will be from September 2016