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Sixth Form (KS5) Geography
Examination Board: AQA
Geography provides young people with opportunities to develop a wide range of skills that will contribute to their employability, whatever their chosen career. The wide range of transferable skills, abilities and attitudes to independent learning developed through geographical study make geographers attractive to employers. 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 more readily changing from working in one sector to another, the acquisition of transferable skills has become all important. Geography is one of the top academic disciplines for its employability. The intellectual, analytical and technical skills developed whilst studying Geography are highly sought after by employers in the commercial and public sectors.
Unit 1 – Physical Geography
The Water and Carbon Cycle - This section of the specification focuses on the major stores of water and carbon at or near the Earth’s surface and the dynamic cyclical relationships associated with them. This section specifies a systems approach to the study of water and carbon cycles and content requires students to contemplate the magnitude and significance of the cycles at a variety of scales, their relevance to wider geography and their central importance for human populations.
Hazards - This section of the specification focuses on the lithosphere and the atmosphere, which intermittently but regularly present natural hazards to human populations, often in dramatic and sometimes catastrophic fashion. It explores the origin and nature of these hazards and the various ways in which people respond to them.
Unit 2 -.Human Geography
Changing Places -This section of our specification focuses on people's engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives. Students must acknowledge the importance of places and engage with how places are known and experienced, how their character is appreciated, and the factors and processes which impact upon Questions in the exam could be asked so as to test the students’ general understanding of the fieldwork enquiry process or they could ask for specific details of each student’s own individual fieldwork enquiry.
Unit 3 - The unit provides students with a development of Physical and Human Geography. The paper consists of data response questions and extended essays. The paper assesses synoptic elements and brings in all aspects of both Physical and Human Geography. The paper is taken in June of Year 13.
Unit 4 - This unit is based around an Advanced Information Booklet. This is issued to students on 1st April preceding the June examination in Year 13. Students study information in depth and develop geographical skills based on the content and data presented.