Key Stage 5 Geography
Students in Year 13 study the AQA Geography syllabus at A-Level (legacy specification). The modules studied at AS for Unit 1 are: Population, Rivers, Energy, and Coasts. Unit 2 is a skills paper for which students must answer skills-based questions relating to the core topics (either Rivers or Population) and they must also answer questions relating to a field work study they have completed as part of their course.
The modules taken at A2 for the Unit 3 paper are: Tectonics, World Cities, and Globalisation and Development. Paper 4B is an issues evaluation paper which is on a different topic area each exam session.
As of September 2016, students in Year 12 will follow a new GCE syllabus. The specification followed at A-Level, which is now a linear course with all exams taken at the end of Year 13, is the AQA specification. It consists of three units: Physical Geography, Human Geography, and an Independent Study. Fieldwork forms an integral part of students' study and the department provides many opportunities for students to expand their interests in Geography through regular visits to the Royal Geographical Society and attending other lectures.