A Level Geography (Reformed 2016)

What is Geography?

Geography matters. It matters because it's relevant. Geography's relevance stems from the fact that it can lie at the heart of government policy making, as well as affecting the way we live our everyday lives. It considers some of the most critical issues affecting the planet today, such as population growth, globalisation and environmental degradation. To understand geography is to understand your world.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

Geography appeals to people who:

Have an interest in the world around them and how it 'works'
Want to investigate the ways in which humans use (and abuse) their environment
Are interested in how humans interact with each other around the world
Want to look at vital issues affecting us all, such as sustainability and the environment
njoy investigating and analysing information
Want to develop a wide range of skills, including fieldwork

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

Contemporary case studies, debate, fieldwork and geographical skills work will form a crucial part of geography teaching. Skills and knowledge developed in the first year of study will form the foundation for year two.

AS Specification Number
OCR H081

 

Contemporary case studies, debate, fieldwork and geographical skills work will form a crucial part of geography teaching. Skills and knowledge The OCR Geography AS-Level covers both human and physical geography topics and concludes at the end of the first year with two exams. Geographical skills are taught throughout the course as part of all topics and fieldwork must also be completed.

Topic One: Glaciated Landscapes
This topic enables students to learn about the environmental systems and relationships that shape our world. Students will learn about glacial systems, landscapes and the problems human activity brings to these areas.

Topic Two: Changing Spaces; Making Places
This human geography topic examines the ways in which human spaces and places change and evolve over time. Students will consider the role of migration and globalisation. Students will also investigate the role of media, thinking about how films, television shows, music and even graffiti affects the way we think about locations and places.

Topic Three: Disease Dilemmas
This topic involves in-depth research and study into the issues that affect the world. Infectious disease outbreaks are still, despite much medical advancement, considered to be among the foremost dangers to human health and the global economy. The reasons for the patterns of the spread of disease and the impacts they have on individuals and the development of countries are amongst the issues discussed.

Paper 1 – Landscape and Place

  • 82 marks
  • 1 hour 45 minute written paper
  • 55% of the AS level

Paper 2 – Geographical debates

  • 68 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minute written paper
  • 45% of the AS level

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
Raw, Palmer, Stiff, Barker and Harris OCR A Level Geography Second Edition Hodder Education

A Level

A Level Specification Number
OCR H481

 

The OCR Geography A-Level is the study of 7 topics and issues covering both human and physical geography. For the full A-level qualification students will take 3 exams and complete coursework.

Topic Four: Earth’s Life Systems
Water and carbon support life on earth. This topic examines the importance of the carbon and water cycles and then goes a step further to consider issues such as the changing nature of the cycles and the relationship between the two. Students will also study two contrasting areas, tropical rainforest and arctic tundra.

Topic Five: Global Migration and Human Rights
This topic allows students to explore the processes and flows that occur at the global levels and the ways in which these influence people, places and institutions. The study of two themes – global systems and global governance – enables students to investigate how these shape relationships between citizens, states and organisations around the world.

Topic Six: Hazardous Earth
Debate is a key element of geography. This topic involves in-depth research and study into the issues that affect the world most. Every year natural disasters affect one in thirty people on Earth. Whether developing or industrialised, all nations are at risk. This topic enables students to explore tectonic hazards. Students will study plate tectonic theory and its associated evidence and discuss the main hazards created by volcanic and seismic activity.

Topic Seven: Independent Investigation
Investigative geography gives learners the opportunity to undertake an independent investigation which is of particular interest to them, which can be related to any area of the specification. The independent investigation will consist of a written report which will assess the process of enquiry and investigation. The report must be an independent investigation but data collection can be conducted within a group. This will be a non-examination assessment.The issue evaluation comprises structured short and extended questions based on an advance information booklet.

Paper 1 – Physical systems

  • 66 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minute written paper
  • 22% of the A level

Paper 2 – Human Interactions

  • 66 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minute written paper
  • 22% of the A level

Paper 3 – Geographical debates

  • 108 marks
  • 2 hour 30 minute written paper
  • 36% of the A level

Paper 4 – Investigative geography

  • 60 marks
  • 1Non examination assessment
  • 20% of the A level

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
Raw, Palmer, Stiff, Barker and Harris OCR A Level Geography Second Edition Hodder Education

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