Geography AS and A level

Aims of the course

This geography course has been developed to enable the co-teaching of AS content and A level content in year 12 and to enable progression into year 13.

The A level course will support progression into undergraduate level geography.

This course gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues. Students are encouraged through a variety of experiences to become critical, reflective and independent learners.

Course Content

AS Year 12, A level year 12 Edexcel specification

Topic 1. Tectonic Processes

Topic 2. Landscape systems, and processes

Topic 3. Globalisation

Topic 4. Shaping places

Fieldwork

A level year 13

Topic 5. The water cycle and water insecurity.

Topic 6. The carbon cycle and energy insecurity Topic 7. Climate change futures

Topic 8. Superpowers

Topic 9. Global development and connections

Fieldwork

Sixth Form Curriculum GeographyAssessment Structure

AS Year 12

Paper 1. Written exam

 1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of the qualification

Topic 1. Tectonic Processes

Topic 2. Landscape systems, and processes

Incorporates examination of fieldwork investigation.

Paper 2. Written exam

1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of the qualification 80 marks

Topic 3. Globalisation

Topic 4. Shaping places

Incorporates examination of fieldwork investigation.

A level Year 13

Paper 1 Written exam

2 hours 30% of qualification

Topic 1. Tectonic Processes

Topic 2. Landscape systems, and processes

Topic 5. The water cycle and water insecurity.

Topic 6. The carbon cycle and energy insecurity

Topic 7. Climate change futures

Paper 2. Written exam

2 hours 30% of qualification

Topic 3. Globalisation

Topic 4. Shaping places

Topic 8. Superpowers

Topic 9. Global development and connections

Paper 3. Written exam

1 hour 45 minutes 20% of qualification

Synoptic themes

Coursework - Independent investigation 20% of qualification

Question types will range between short data response to open response.

There will be some extended written answers ranging between 9 and 15 marks.