Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel Grade 6 at GCSE Mr N Wylie

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Assessment

A-Level Geography is assessed by three written examinations and one piece of coursework. The three examinations are:

  • Paper 1 consists of four sections - A (tectonic processes and hazards), B (glaciated landscapes and change and coastal landscapes and change), C (the water cycle and water insecurity) and D (the carbon cycle and energy security). The examination may include short open, open response and  resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.
  • Paper 2 consists of four sections  - A (globalisation), B (regenerating places and diverse places), C (superpowers) and D (intervention; migration, identity and sovereignty). The examination may include  short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.
  • Paper 3 consists of three sections which all draw synoptically on knowledge and understanding from compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course. The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 8-mark, 18-mark and 24-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.
  • Coursework is an investigation report which is internally assessed and externally moderated. Students produce a written report of 3,000 to 4,000 words.

 

Field Trip

A field trip is an important and integral part of this course. There is an expectation that students will participate and the trip is regarded as compulsory. The school subsidies the full cost but parents are asked for the board and lodging cost of between £200 to £250. Financial consideration can be given to those who apply to the Headmaster in writing.

 

Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

Geography graduates are employed in a wide range of sectors, including the public sector, education, commerce, industry, transport and tourism. Geography graduates have excellent transferable skills, which also attract employers from the business, law and finance sectors. Employers include:

  • local government
  • the Civil Service
  • the armed forces
  • Ministry of Defence
  • police service
  • private companies
  • environmental consultancies
  • environmental protection agencies
  • utility companies
  • charities
  • information systems organisations