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Geography A-level - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 3 A-levels
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Two years

This is a broad Geography course that will help you make sense of what is happening in the world today. The content will inspire and develop your geographical understanding, to engage critically with real-world issues and places. You will grow as an independent thinker and as an informed and engaged citizen, who understands the role and importance of geography as a key discipline.

You'll pursue your own individual research investigation that contributes 20% to your overall A-level grade. In 2017/18, 100% of A-level students gained A-D grade with 81% A-C.


Year 1:
- Tectonic Processes and Hazards - A key concept for you because earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis represent a significant risk in some parts of the world, especially where there are high population density and low levels of development.
- Coastal Landscapes and Change - Helps you understand this key physical landscape because it is threatened by physical processes and human activity, and there is a need for management of these areas, both inside and outside the UK. This will involve completing a 1-day fieldwork enquiry into a coastal issue in the local area.
- Globalisation - As globalisation and global interdependence continue to accelerate, it causes opportunities for businesses and people, but also results in inequalities. By recognising these tensions you will be able to evaluate solutions.
- Diverse Places - Putting North Devon into a global context and studying how it is influenced by people, capital, information and resources. This will involve completing a 1-day fieldwork enquiry into the diversity of Bristol.

Year 2:
- The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity - This is fundamental to supporting life and operates at a variety of scales. You will study the physical processes that control the circulation of water and gain a knowledge of the global issue of water insecurity and approaches to managing water supply.
- The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security - You will see how physical processes move carbon from stores on the land, ocean and atmosphere and how the reliance on fossil fuels has created significant changes to these stores. You will be able to evaluate a variety of adaptation and mitigation strategies on a local and global scale.
- Superpowers - You are affected by the world's superpowers because they have a very significant impact on the global economy, politics and the environment. These powers are frequently contested and this has global impacts.
- Migration, Identity and Sovereignty - Globalisation involves the movements of capital, goods and people. You will determine the environmental, social and economic impacts both internationally and locally.

Your competence in using geographical skills will be developed throughout your studies. These will be introduced to a roughly equal balance of quantitative and qualitative across all topics, e.g., being able to interpret graphs and maps and identify key trends and patterns.

During your A-level studies, you will undertake a minimum of 2 days fieldwork each year, across human and physical geography topics. You will complete an investigation that will lead to a 4000-word coursework document that forms 20% of your overall mark.
There will be 3 exams:
Physical Geography - 30%
Human Geography - 30%
Synoptic Resource Paper - 20%

Plus an independent investigation in the form of a 4000 word report, worth 20%

In addition, we will set you regular homework and end of topic tests to provide you, your teacher and your parents or guardians with feedback on your progress. We also give you access to exam papers and mark schemes and set you mock exams before the real thing.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

You do not need to have undertaken Geography GCSE, but if you have done, you will be required to have achieved a minimum grade 4. You will be required to achieve grade 5 in GCSE English Language. If you have not taken GCSE Geography you will be required to have a grade 6 in another humanities subject e.g. history, sociology, RE.
Geography is a key A-level subject and an excellent subject for many degree courses in both the sciences and humanities as it provides many opportunities for you to develop your skills and problem-solving ability. Most Geography degree students specialise in particular aspects of the subject such as Development, international Relations, Human Geography, Physical Geography or Earth Sciences.

Careers can be found in the following areas:
- Environment and sustainability: conservation work, environmental health work, environmental consulting
- Society: teaching, campaigning, marketing
- Business World: law, economic advising, insurance
- Development and Global Issues - aid work, diplomat, human rights
- Geographical Techniques - GIS specialism, surveying
- Settlement - planning, estate agents
- Travel, Tourism, Leisure and Culture - travel writing and travel agents
Geography makes use of text books, journals and up-to-date newspaper articles. Increasingly current resources are sourced from the web. Students have excellent access to IT, all classrooms have fully interactive smartboards and trolleys of chromebooks which allow us to access the internet and Geography VLE website whenever we need to. The Geography VLE website is extremely well resourced with lots of interactive revision aids, past exam papers and mark schemes and interactive software that you can access from college or home.
Please make sure you have paper, pens, calculator and a folder with you on your first day.
You will be required to purchase a textbook for each year at a cost of approximately £25.
There is a small cost for transportation to local fieldwork destinations of approximately £10 for each day trip.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Will there be much homework?
A: Compulsory homework questions are set each week to give the students preparation in the style of the examinations they will encounter. Students are expected to spend at least two hours per week outside class to enable them to succeed.

Q: Will there be any trips?
A: All students will complete at least 4 days fieldwork as part of their course. This may be as a class or in smaller groups.

Q: I have already studied coasts at GCSE, will it be boring?
A: Students find that GCSE gives them a general understanding of topics, but this is rapidly built upon and developed and allows students to become more questioning of facts that they previously took for granted.

Q: Is there any coursework?
A: There is 20% coursework for A-level Geography.

Q: What subjects does Geography go well with?
A: Geography fits well with a wide range of both science and humanities subjects. If you are interested in physical geography you may study geography alongside biology, chemistry, physics, maths or environmental studies. If you are more interested in the human geography elements you may study geography alongside history, sociology or economics and business.

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