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    Geography

    Geography

    Sixth Form - Subject Departments – Geography

    The world we live in is rapidly changing, perhaps more so now than ever. Geography increases our awareness and understanding of this change and empowers us to become active global citizens.

    The geography department at AGS consists of five dedicated and knowledgeable members of staff, four large classrooms and a dedicated ICT suite. As a department, we want our students to enjoy geography at school and develop a spirit of inquiry about their personal and local geographies as well as the wider national and international context.

    Learning outside of the classroom through fieldwork is a hugely important part of the geography curriculum at AGS, throughout their career at AGS, students will have multiple opportunities to study in the field locally and abroad.

    At A level, students follow the AQA specification, details of which can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level

     

    AS and A level specification summary:

    AS (students not required to take external exams)

    • Component 1: Physical geography and people and the environment

      • Written paper – 1 hour 30 mins – 80 marks – 50% of AS

    • Component 2: Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation

      • Written paper – 1 hour 30 mins – 80 marks – 50% of AS

    A level (linear course with all of marks awarded in y13)

    • Component 1: Physical geography

      • Written paper – 2 hours 30 mins – 120 marks – 40% of A level

    • Component 2: Human geography

      • Written paper – 2 hours 30 mins – 120 marks – 40% of A level

    • Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation

      • 3,000 - 4,000 word independent investigation using data collected in the field. Marked by teachers, moderated by AQA – 60 marks – 20% of A level


    Year 12 topics

    • Coastal Systems and Landscapes

      • Including 3 day residential fieldwork in Dorset (March)

    • Changing Places

      • Including one day Stratford on Avon fieldwork (November)

    • Hazards

    • Geographical Skills


    Year 13 topics

    • Water and Carbon cycles

    • Population and the Environment

    • Global systems and global governance

    • Write-up of independent investigation