Geography

Head of Department: Mrs C Owen: cowen@kingalfred.somerset.sch.uk 

  

Geography is the study of the world. A Level geography includes the study of three components:

 

Physical Geography - currently led by Mrs Owen

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards

 

Human Geography - currently led by Mr Witts

  • Global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Resource security

 

Geography Fieldwork Investigation

  • This involves writing a 3-4000 word investigation which is worth 20% of the A Level grade

 

Assessment

Physical Geography – Structured short and extended questions – 2 hours – 40% of marks.

Human Geography – Structured short and extended questions – 2 hours – 40% of marks.

Geography Fieldwork Investigation – 3-4000 word investigation – 20% of marks.

 

Geography is a dynamic subject – you will be learning about events and processes shaping the world today. geography is a facilitating subject – it is highly regarded at universities.

 

Fieldwork:

Fieldwork is an essential part of A level geography. You will take part in four days of fieldwork in preparation for your Fieldwork Investigation.

In 2014/15 AS students spent a day on the Quantocks studying Holford Brook and A2 students carried out a transect of Berrow Sand Dunes.

 

 

Student Comments:

“AS geography allows you to see the world in a different light – once you have studied rivers, each time you pass one you think about the meanders and how they have been eroded.”

“My favourite AS lessons involve group discussions – where everyone gets together and shares ideas.” 

“I was quite daunted by the maths needed for the skills part of the course at the start, but with practice and support from the teachers I was able to do well in the skills exam and my confidence in my mathematical abilities has grown.”

 

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