In AS Geography covers a range of human and physical topics. At the end of Year 12 there are two exam papers with a range of questions, both short answer and essay based. There are also fieldwork specific questions.
Paper 1: Physical topics - Tectonic Hazards/Coasts - 1 Hour 45 Minutes - 50%
AS Paper 2: Human topics - Globalisation/Regenerating places - 1 hour 45 Minutes - 50% AS
If you move onto studying for full A level Geography there be new human and physical topics to learn, as well as revision of the AS topics. There are 3 exam papers, plus coursework of 3,000-4,000 words (20%)
Paper 1: Physical topics - Tectonic Hazards/Coasts/Water/Energy - 2 hours 15 minutes - 30%
Paper 2: Human topics - Globalisation/Superpowers/Regenerating Places/ Migration - 2 hours 15 minutes - 30%
Paper 3: Synoptic Exam - Response to stimulus material on 2 or more topics - 2 hours 15 minutes - 20%
Fieldwork is an integral part of AS and A Level Geography. We run two residential visits throughout the course; a 2 day trip to Sherringham in the Norfolk Coastline in November which focuses on the physical processes creating landforms and the need for coastal management, and a 4 day trip to cornwall which has the dual functions of investigating the successfulness of regenerating places in rural areas and collecting primary data for the A level independant investigation (Worth 20%).
There is also a one day trip in March, to look at regenerating places within an urban enviroment.
Fieldwork is a fantastic opportunity to allow you to apply your knowledge and understanding in a practical way.
You will find studying Geography is a brilliant step towards a wider range of Higher Education courses and/or employment opportunities. The transferable skills you gain studying a geography course gives you a great grounding in a range of different professions that leads employers to say that Geography students are often the most employable!
Geographers can go on to study higher level courses, including foundation degrees and undergraduate degrees.
Geographers can pursue rewarding careers in education, business, government agencies and non-profit organisations; to name a few!