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About the Advanced Level course
We have opted to go with AQA's Advanced level course now that all of the courses have been modified. We have done so because their course offers the best balance between human and physical geography, has good traditional Geography at its core whilst still incorporating newer concepts and contemporary issues. it also offers lots of opportunities for fieldwork, which we will continue to provide as a department. The topics are listed below, in Unit 1 you must do both Core elements plus at least one of the options from human and physical Geography. In unit 3 you must study 3 units, with at least one coming from the Human Geography and one from the Physical Geography.
You can download specimen papers from AQA's website here.
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Unit 1 – GEOG1
Physical and Human Geography
70% of AS, 35% of A Level
2 hour written examination
Structured short and extended questions
Unit 2 – GEOG2
30% of AS, 15% of A Level
1 hour written examination
Structured skills and generic fieldwork questions
Unit 3 – GEOG3
Contemporary Geographical Issues
Physical Options - Plate Tectonics and associated hazards OR Weather and climate and associated hazards OR Challenges facing ecosystems
Human Options - World cities-evolution or revolution OR Development and Globalisation OR Contemporary conflicts and challenges
30% of A Level
2 hour 30 minutes written examination
Structured short and extended questions, plus an essay
Unit 4 – either GEO4A Geography Fieldwork Investigation
or GEO4B Geographical Issue Evaluation
20% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes written examination
GEO4A – structured short and extended questions based on candidates’ fieldwork investigation and fieldwork skills.
GEO4B – structured short and extended questions based on an Advance Information Booklet, released on 1 November for January examinations and 1 April for June examinations.