COURSE CONTENT AND AIMS

The OCR A level in Geography has been designed to give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become engaged global citizens. Through the study of dynamic and contemporary content, learners can understand and interact with issues which affect people and places at a range of scales from local to global – and all that is in between. 

A level in Geography will enable learners to:

Develop their knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments, at all geographical scales from local to global.

Become confident and competent in selecting, using and evaluating a range of quantitative and qualitative skills and approaches, (including observing, collecting and analysing geo-located data) and applying them as an integral part of their studies.

Understand the fundamental role of fieldwork as a tool to understand and generate new knowledge about the real world, and become skilled at planning, undertaking and evaluating fieldwork in appropriate situations.

TRIPS AND VISITS

Geographical and fieldwork skills are fundamental to the study, practice and discipline of geography. A four day residential is planned for the end of Year 12 to enable students to apply the theory studied in the classroom and to collate data for independent investigation. The estimated cost of residential fieldwork is £200.

PROGRESSION

Geography combines well with both Arts and Science subjects. It is an obvious choice for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change. In the world of business an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. Geography is a good choice to give your A level options the breadth that universities like, as well as enhancing your skills of writing essays and extended reports.

ASSESSMENT

Physical Systems (01): (24% of A Level, 1 hour and 45 mins exam)

Human Interactions (02): (24% of A Level, 1 hour and 45 mins exam)

Geographical debates (03): (32% of A Level, 2 hour and 30 mins exam)

Investigative Geography (04/05): (20% of A Level, Centre Assessed)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

For admission to A level Geography, our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above.
  • Students will need to have achieved a grade 6 or above in Geography.