A Level Geography (until July 2017)

Edexcel - This course is in its final year and students are following the Edexcel A Level course.


We live in a constantly changing world. A Level geography investigates and explores, in part through your own research, the key ideas and hot topics of our early 21st century world. Have you ever considered the impacts our continued development is having on Planet Earth? Do you enjoy debating the current issues affecting our home? Are you worried about climate change?

Geography is a highly relevant and topical subject successfully bridging the divide between arts and science subjects. It is greatly valued by employers for the wide range of skills it helps develop, including problem solving and analysis, and a certain technical savviness through using various specialist computing applications. Also, the subject area in itself cultivates a world view and a certain cultural sensitivity. These all potentially help a geographer Geography University graduates are amongst the most successful in acquiring employment after finishing their studies.

In geography the more traditional aspects are included such as tectonics and hazards alongside global issues that face the world today including superpowers, globalisation and regenerating places. You will learn about the complex interaction between physical and human geography and the extent to which human actions can manage the future of our planets and its resources. This content, together with the development of high level skills and a range of fieldwork experiences (including a residential field trip), provides an excellent springboard for higher education or employment.

 Assessment Method:

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Geography consists of three externally examined papers and one coursework component.

Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Topics Covered
AS:

Unit 1 Global Challenges: World at Risk (Natural Hazards/Climate Change)/Going Global (Globalisation/Migration)

Unit 2 Geographical Investigations: Extreme Weather/Rebranding Places

A2:

Unit 3 Contested Planet: Energy Security/Water Conflicts/Biodiversity under Threat/Superpower                                                                                              Geographies/Bridging the Development Gap/The Technological Fix?

                                                                                   Unit 4 Geographical Research: Cold Environments -Land and Change (Impacts of glaciation)

Content and Assement Overviews

Paper 1: Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes; 30% of the qualification

Content overview

  • Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change: Glaciated Landscapes and Change
  • Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Assessment overview

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: Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes; 30% of the qualification

Content overview

  • Topic 3: Globalisation
  • Topic 4: Shaping Places: Regenerating Places
  • Topic 7: Superpowers
  • Topic 8: Global Development and Connections: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

Assessment overview

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: Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes; 20% of the qualification

Content overview

The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory1 content areas:

  • Players
  • Attitudes and actions
  • Futures and uncertainties.

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

Assessment overview

An externally-assessed written examination. A resource booklet will contain information about the geographical issue.

Sections A, B and C 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: Independent Investigation: Non-examined assessment; 20% of the qualification

Content overview

  • The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification
  • The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data
  • The fieldwork, which forms the focus and context of the individual investigation, may be either human, physical or integrated physical-human
  • The investigation report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing
  • Students will be expected to show evidence that they have used both quantitative and qualitative data to support their independent investigation as appropriate to the particular environment and/or location.

Assessment overview

  • The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • The student will produce a written report of 3000–4000 words.
Suggested Texts:

Edexcel A Level Geography: Book 1 and 2, Cameron Dunn, Hodder Education

Geography for Edexcel A Level Year 1 and AS (Book 1 covers Year 12 work, Book 2 covers Year 13), Bob Digby, OUP