At AS, all candidates will study core human and physical geography. In each area of study candidates will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Candidates will also develop a variety of geographical skills, which will broaden and deepen existing knowledge and be employed with a greater degree of independence.
This is a two year A Level course which consists of 8 topics in Y12 students study Rivers, floods and management, coastal environments, global population change and energy issues.
In Y13 students study Plate tectonics and associated hazards, Weather and climate and associated hazards, development and globalisation and contemporary conflicts and challenges
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Examination (100%) –In year 12 students will have two exams. Paper, 2 hours and accounts for 70 % of the marks it is four questions based upon the four areas of study.
Paper 2 Applied Geography based upon skills and field work, lasts for one hour and accounts for 30% of marks.
In Y13 Paper 3 last for 2 .5 hours and accounts for 70 % of the marks it is three questions based upon the three areas of study.
Paper 4b is a synoptic problem solving problem paper which lasts for 1.5 hours and accounts for 30% of the marks.
To study these modules we will use a wide range of learning styles many of which you probably experienced during your GCSE s but we will also get you to have a go at the type of exam questions you are likely to face in the final exam. These include, in particular, work on essay questions for a Geography exam.
Another important aspect of the course is the geographical skills which we will use in most lessons. However the investigative skills aspect we will look at in more detail during a field trip to the coast.
You will be expected to complete work outside the classes and this will be made clear to you lesson by lesson and there will be more on extended study in a separate section.
What we really need to see, is you as a student becoming a more independent learner taking responsibility for aspects of your learning and having an open dialogue with staff and students about the work. We have found that the discussion and sharing of ideas and points of view are crucial in helping people to really understand complex situations.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)