Paper 1: Physical systems 22% of A level, (1 hour 30, 66 marks)
This exam is split into 2 sections;
Examines landscape systems, where our focus is with coasts. This will be taught during Y12.
Earth’s life support systems is concentrated on investigating the carbon and the hydrological cycles, and how these two systems are linked.
In addition geographical skills will be assessed throughout. Questions are made up of short answers and extended response.
Paper 2: Human interactions 22% of A level (1hour 30, 66 marks)
Again this section is split into two sections,
Changing spaces, making places, which will be taught in Y12.
Global connections focusses on investigating global migration patterns and looking at the relationship between powers and borders.
In addition geographical skills will be assessment throughout. Questions are made up of short answers and extended response.
Paper 3: Geographical debates 36% of A Level (2 hours 30, 108 marks)
This paper will examine 2 contemporary themes, Climate Change and Hazardous Earth.
Climate Change will be studied in Y12.
Hazardous earth concentrates on investigating volcanoes and earthquakes.
There are 3 sections to this examination:
Section A focusses on your knowledge and understanding of the themes studies. Questions are made up of short answers and extended response.
Section B is again synoptic style questions made up of short answers and extended response.
Section 3 requires you to write 2 essays.
Independent investigation (Non-examination assessment): Investigative geography 20% of A level (60 marks)
Investigative geography gives you the opportunity to undertake an independent investigation which is of particular interest to you.
It can be related to any area of the specification.
Staff will take a supportive coaching role to guide you through this process.
It should be around 3-4000 words in length.
To support you in this the department have planned numerous fieldwork opportunities including a 2 night stay at Cranedale FSC in N Yorkshire, to collect the necessary data and to meet the course requirements.