What is Geography?
Geography is a highly topical subject, ever changing as world events unfold. This four-unit specification offers units that allow a balance between physical, human and environmental interests. These provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills for further study at higher education or for a vast range of employment opportunities. Geography at Raynes Park High School is taught by subject specialists both within the classroom and in the field through a 4 day field trip.
What will I study?
Your A Level geography course will cover both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. Over the course of two years, you will study both Physical Geography: Tectonic Processes and Hazards; Landscape Systems, Processes and Change; Water Cycle and Insecurity and The Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity and Human Geography: Globalisation; Shaping Places: Diverse Places; Superpowers and Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.
There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research, which will help you become an independent thinker and learner. By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.
How will I be assessed?
External assessments take place at the end of Year 13 and will consist of three exams. Students will also conduct an Independent Investigation following their 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.
Who should study A Level Biology?
Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. The Russel Group Report names geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses. Choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university. The Guardian newspaper has identified geography as the 'must-have A Level'.