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Course Outline

Components within the A Level in Geography will consist of;

Physical systems

The Physical systems component is built around two main topics, Landscape Systems and Earth’s Life Support Systems. Learners will explore one chosen landscape from three options, coastal landscapes, glaciated landscapes and dryland landscapes, as well as Earth’s Life Support Systems, which encompasses the water and carbon cycles vital to our planet.

Human systems

Learners will explore Human interactions through the study of Global Connections, with a choice between focusing on the systems of trade or migration and the governance of human rights or sovereignty on a global scale, and Changing Spaces; Making Places.

Geographical debates

Geographical debates allow learners to explore in depth two from a choice of five of the most challenging, dynamic and fascinating issues of the 21st century. With choices between such wide-ranging topic areas as climate change, disease, food security, oceans and tectonic hazards, there are debates to appeal to all with the implications on people and the environment being at the heart of this component.

Investigative geography

The Investigative geography component allows learners to undertake an independent investigation linked to any aspect of the specification. This component is designed to encourage learners to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their chosen topic whilst developing a number of geographical and study skills relevant to Higher Education or within the world of work.

Entrance requirements and skills needed

To get a top grade you will need to read around the subject in newspapers and through magazine and internet articles. TV and radio documentaries are a rich source of current issues too.

Assessments - OCR qualification

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This specification consists of three written examinations with each including a combination of short-answer and extended response and essay questions.

The independent investigation may relate to any aspect of the specification. It is a non-examined written report.

 

Why Study Geography?

grand_canyon5.jpgGeography education should encourage learners to develop a sense of wonder about the world. Geography is potentially the most relevant subject for any learner in the 21st century. 

For careers in the world of Business, an understanding of Global Economics forms an important part of Geography. If you are thinking of a career in Law, Human Rights, International Relations or Welfare then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues such as; How do we measure development? What are the consequences of migration on societies?

If you are working towards a future course in Medicine or Veterinary Medicine then Geography is a good choice to give your A Level options the breadth that universities seek, as you will gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health and survival of people, animals and ecosystems as well as enhancing your skills of writing essays and extended reports. 

Of course many A Level students do not yet have a clear idea of what kind of career they might want to pursue. If you are in this position, remember that Geography as an A Level gives you the chance to keep your options open as it covers both arts and science components. It is quite likely that when you choose geography your classmates will all be doing different combinations of A Level subjects – this adds to the interest when it comes to discussions on issues as everyone will have very different ways of thinking and expressing their opinions.

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