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Geographers are increasingly sought after in business.  Employers value the wide-ranging computer, research, analytical skills that geography students bring to the market. Geographical study involves the synthesis of facts, figures, ideas and perspectives, providing ideal preparation for decision-making at work. In a world where career paths have become more varied, with individuals moving between sectors more readily, the acquisition of transferable skills has become all-important.

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AS / A2 Course
The strength of Geography is in its breadth. It includes the study of Social Geography, Economic Geography, Cultural Geography, Urban Geography, Biogeography, Environmental Geography and Geomorphology. There are many interlinkages between these different elements.

Over two years students will cover the OCR syllabus, H481. Link to OCR website. 

OCR’s A Level in Geography aims to encourage learners to develop a range of essential skills for Higher Education and the world of work through content which is relevant to any citizen of the planet in the 21st century. Through exciting topics learners will understand the nature of physical and human geography whilst unpicking the debates surrounding contemporary challenges facing the world today.

There are 4 units of study in this syllabus.

1. Physical Systems – Through the study of Physical Systems students will develop an understanding and appreciation of Landscape Systems, contextualised through Glaciated Landscapes, and Earth’s Life Support Systems, which encompasses the water and carbon cycles vital to our planet.

2. Human Interactions – Students will explore Human Interactions through the study of Global Connections, with a focus on the systems of Trade and the Governance of Human Rights and also the topic Changing Spaces; Making Places, which gives learners an insight into the nature of places and the fluidity of their meanings and representations.

3. Geographical Debates – This component allows students to explore in depth two of the most challenging, dynamic and fascinating issues of the 21st century. We study debates within the framework of Global Disease and Global Tectonic Hazards, with the implications of these issues on people and the environment being at the heart of this component.

4. Investigative Geography – This component allows learners to undertake an independent investigation linked to any aspect of the specification to satisfy their intellectual curiosity. This component is designed to encourage students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their chosen topic whilst developing a number of geographical and study skills relevant to Higher Education or within the world of work.

A Level in Geography (H481) – Linear Assessment at the end of Rhetoric
Component Physical systems
22% of the A Level1 hour 30 minutes

Written paper

66 marks

This question paper has two sections.• Section A: Questions on Landscape Systems, answering questions on Option B.

• Section B: Questions on Earth’s Life Support Systems.

 

A separate Resource Booklet is provided with the question paper.

The component is externally assessed.

Marks associated with geographical skills will be assessed within this component.

Component 02 Human interactions
22% of the A Level1 hour 30 minutes

Written paper

66 marks

This question paper has two sections.• Section A: Questions on Changing Spaces; Making Places

• Section B: Questions on Global Connections, answering questions on Options A and C.

 

A separate Resource Booklet is provided with the question paper.

The component is externally assessed.

Marks associated with geographical skills will be assessed within this component.

Component 03 Geographical debates
36% of the A Level2 hour 30 minutes

Written paper

108 marks

This question paper has three sections.Students answer questions from Disease Dilemmas and Hazardous Earth:

• Section A: Short answer and medium length questions on both topics

• Section B: Synoptic questions on both topics

• Section C: Extended response questions on both topics.

 

A separate Resource Booklet is provided with the question paper.

The component is externally assessed.

Marks associated with geographical skills will be assessed within this component.

Component 04/05 Investigative geography
20% of the A LevelNon-exam assessment

60 marks

The independent investigation may relate to any aspect of the specification.It is a written report with a recommended length of between 3000 and 4000 words.

The assessment will be marked by the centre using a marking criteria grid provided by OCR.

This component is internally marked by the centre and externally moderated by OCR.

International Baccalaureate

IB Geography gives a student a broad and comprehensive understanding of the world in which we live. It can be studied at HL and SL and fieldwork, including data collection, presentation, analysis and evaluation is part of the Fieldwork written report section of the Diploma.

Core themes include: Populations in transition; disparities in wealth and development; patterns in environmental quality and sustainability Patterns in resource consumption.

Optional themes include: Hazards and disasters; Extreme environments and Leisure, sport and tourism.

There is also an HL extension on Global interactions.

For more information please visit the International Baccalaureate website.