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The quality of pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent.

ISI 2013

Geography

Sixth form classes are small so there is much more time for individual question/answer sessions and clarification of topic material. Each class has two teachers who will cover different topics.

There is an expectation that students will spend approximately four hours per week in L6 and five in U6 reinforcing their knowledge and understanding of the topics studied.


Entry requirements: At least a C grade (preferably a B) in iGCSE or GCSE Geography.

Course content: The course follows the AQA syllabus which has a mix of contemporary and traditional topics. Students will have a range of fieldwork opportunities; Coasts, Urban areas, will take place early into the course.  A residential will also take place to a field studies centre in the summer term as preparation for their investigation element of the A Level.


L6: The first year of study will incorporate Coastal Systems and Landscapes, where students will visit Slapton Sands, Tor Cross and Bee Sands.  Students will also study Contemporary Urban environments and Hazards - within this unit we hope students will become inspired to participate in our amazing Iceland trip. Students will also study the Water and Carbon Cycle.  All of our topics are embedded with Geographical Skills.  We will internally assess students to ensure they are thoroughly prepared and coached in answering A Level questions.


U6: The second year of study begins with the completion of the students’ Independent Investigation.  This is 3000-4000 words, component-based on an issue relevant to the specification.  Changing Places will lead students to investigate Plymouth and Tavistock in a unique and dynamic way.  Students will also visit many locations during their lesson time e.g. the Royal Naval Dockyard, Mutley Plain.  Global Systems and Global Governance is an intriguing study into the world’s global dynamics.  Again all topics are embedded with Geographical Skills.


Examination process:

Component 1: Physical Geography

Water and Carbon Cycle, Coastal Systems and Landscapes, Hazards

Written exam: 2 hours 30 Minutes (120 marks = 40% of A Level)

Component 2: Human Geography

Contemporary Urban Environments, Changing Places, Global Systems and Global Governance

Written exam: 2 hours 30 Minutes (120 marks = 40% of A Level)

Component 3: Geography Fieldwork Investigation

3000 – 4000 word internally marked investigation (60 marks = 20% of A Level) moderated by AQA

The quality of pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent.

ISI 2013
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