Exam Board & Code: Edexcel 9GE0   Course: 2 Years to full A Level

What is Geography A level about?

Geography is all about the world around us and this new specification addresses key ideas and debates in our world today.  Students will explore a range of issues and examine potential solutions to them.

Is this course for me?

Students need to have an interest in current affairs and the world around them, be it a curiosity about how a landscape has formed, or an interest in how a community might be affected by globalisation.  Class work will consist of group work as well as work as an individual.  There will be ample opportunity for discussion.  Students will be encouraged to be responsible for their own work, and study completed outside of the classroom is very important.  This may include essays, structured questions, background reading and research.

What do other students say?

Geography offers a wide and varied outlook on life
Geography is an up to date and relevant subject, which will give you an extensive knowledge and help develop skills you use in other subjects.

Fieldtrips

In the summer term of Year 12 students go to The Isle of Wight for one week on a residential fieldtrip.  The purpose of the trip is to test students' skills in independent investigation and each student must produce a report of 3000-4000 words on a title of their choice.  Students may choose between a physical or human investigation and must write their own hypothesis for the investigation.  The physical geography investigations will be focused on coastal landscapes and change and the human geography investigations will focus on urban and/or rural regeneration.  Students will work in small groups to gather data on the Isle of Wight and will write their report when they return to school.  

Where could it lead?

Geographers can go on to study a range of higher level courses from straight Geography to others such as Oceanography, Environmental Sciences and Urban Management.

Geographers can go into a wide range of jobs including Advertising, Education, Finance, Law, Retailing and Marketing.

How is this course structured?

Unit Content Unit Assessment

9GE0/01: Paper 1

 

Tectonic Processes and Hazards

Landscape Systems, Processes and Change

The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity

Climate Change Futures

An externally-assessed written examination comprising four sections. The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 10-mark and 15-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.

 

2 hours

30% of the qualification

90 marks

9GE0/02: Paper 2

 

Globalisation

Shaping Places

Superpowers

Global Development and Connections

An externally-assessed written examination comprising four sections. The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 10-mark and 15-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.

 

2 hours

30% of the qualification

90 marks

9GE0/03: Paper 3

 

Three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas:

Players

Attitudes and actions

Futures and uncertainties

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas.

An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections. A resource booklet will contain information about the geographical issue. The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 6-mark, 15-mark and 18-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.

 

1 hours and 45 minutes

20% of the qualification

60 marks

9GE0/04: Coursework: Independent Investigation

 

The student defines a questions or issue for investigation. The investigation will incorporate fieldwork data and secondary data. The fieldwork may be either human, physical or integrated physical-human. The investigation report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing. Students will be expected to show evidence that they have used both quantitative and qualitative data to support their investigation. 

The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated.

The students will produce a written report of 3000-4000 words.

 

Non-examined assessment

20% of the qualification

60 marks