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COURSE OVERVIEW

The subject is no longer filled with boring facts about population numbers, annual rainfall or deforestation activities. It's an exciting, vibrant study of the ever-changing relationship between human populations and the physical environment. It covers that relationship from both the local and global perspective, which gives a fascinating insight of both our own and the planet's continual evolution.

The course is divided into units, each of which is subdivided into separate subjects. The first half of the course covers human and physical topics, which deal with the core subject matter of rivers, flooding and its management, and the key area of population change. There is a fieldwork element which gets students out into the environment, and there is some choice available as to which particular subjects the student may study. Completion of all elements constitutes a full A-level.

Geography is an important subject of study as it gains the student a larger understanding of the world and the way people interact with their physical environment and globally with each other.

EXAM FORMAT

A Level Geography consists of 4 units in total: AS Level = 2 units

A2 Level = 2 units AS Level Unit 1: GEOG1 – Physical and Human Geography

Written examination: 2 Hours Unit 2: GEOG2 – Geographical Skills

Written examination: 1 hour A2 Level: Unit 3: GEOG3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues

Written examination: 2 hour 30 minutes Unit 4: either

• GEO4A: Geography Fieldwork Investigation, or:

• GEO4B: Geographical Issue Evaluation,

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

ASSIGNMENT INFORMATION

Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked questions, to enable students to monitor their progress.

RECOMMENDED HOURS OF STUDY

It is recommended that 200 hours of your time should be allocated towards study for the A Level Examinations.

Recommended Reading

AQA AS Geography: Student's Book by Smith John, Roger Knill Publisher: Nelson Thornes Ltd (26 Jun 2008) ISBN-10: 0748782583 ISBN-13: 978-0748782581 AQA A2 Geography by John Smith, Roger Knill Publisher: Nelson Thornes (26 May 2009) ISBN-10: 0748782591 ISBN-13: 978-0748782598

SUPPORT

As a student of MyDistance Learning College you will have access to tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course to ensure you are ready for your examinations.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Basic English reading and writing skills. It is recommended that students should have acquired the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE course or equivalent.

QUALIFICATION

AS +A2 = A level in Geography. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.

LANGUAGE OF EXAMINATION

Units are provided in English only

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An outline of what is offered in our A Level Geography course:

AS Level
Unit 1 – Physical and Human Geography
River, floods and management
Cold environments
Coastal environments
Hot deserts and their margins
Populationchange
Food supply issues
Energy issues 
Health Issues

Unit 2 – Geographical Skills

Unit 3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues
Plate tectonics and associated hazards
Weather and climate and associated hazards
Ecosystems: change and challenge
World cities
Development and globalisation
Contemporary conflicts and challenges

Unit 4 – Geography Field Work Investigation

Course Overview


This course is split into units, each of which is further divided into separate topics and options, these are explained below. Units 1 and 2 make up the AS section, and Units 3 and 4 make up the A2 section of the course and completion of all units leads to a full A Level qualification.

Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography (GEOG1)
The core physical and human sections must be studied, also at least one of the physical options and at least one of the human options.

Core Physical Section

Rivers, Floods and Management: 
hydrological cycle, river discharge, long and valley profiles, changing channel characteristics, landforms of fluvial erosion and deposition, process and impact of rejuvenation, physical and human causes of flooding, impact of flooding, flood management strategies.

Physical Options

Cold environments:
Global distribution of cold environments, glaciers as systems, ice movement, glacial processes and landscape development, erosional landforms, depositional landforms, fluvioglacial processes, periglacial processes, exploitation and development in tundra areas, the future of Antarctica.

Coastal environments:
The coastal systems, coastal processes, landforms of erosion, case study of coastal erosion, sea level change, case study of coastal flooding, coastal protection objectives and management strategies, case studies of two contrasting areas.

Hot Desert Environments and Their Margins:
Location and characteristics, causes of aridity, arid geomorphologic processes, the effect of wind, the effect of water, landforms, desertification, case study of desertification in the Sahel, managing hot desert environments and their margins.

Core Human Section

PopulationChange:
Population indicators, populationchange, population structures and different stages of the demographic transition, social, economic and political implications of populationchange, effects on rural and urban areas, settlement case studies.

Human Options

Food Supply Issues:
Global patterns of food supply, consumption and trade, contrasting agricultural food production systems, managing food supply, changes in demand, food supplies in a globalising economy, potential for sustainable food supplies, case studies of two contrasting approaches to managing food supply and demand.

Energy Issues:
Types of energy, global patterns of energy supply, consumption and trade, the  geopolitics of energy, environmental impact of energy production, potential for sustainable energy supply and consumption, energy conservation, case studies at national scale of two contrasting approaches to managing energy supply.

Health Issues:

Global patterns of health, morbidity and mortality, the study of one infectious disease, the study of one ‘disease of affluence’, food and health, health  matters in a globalising world economy, regional variations in health and morbidity in the UK, factors affecting regional variations in health and morbidity, local case studies.

Unit 2: Geographical Skills (GEOG2).
This is an investigative piece of work on a contemporary issue in Geography. It is in the form of an essay of between 1250 and 1500 words. It will be well structured with an introduction, investigation and conclusion. The introduction will have a brief background on the subject and explain why it is being investigated

Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues (GEOG3).
Students must study at least three of the six sections, one from the physical options, one from the human options and a free choice.

Physical Options

Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards:
Plate movement, vulcanicity, seismicity.

Weather and Climate and Associated Hazards: 
major climate controls, the climate of the British Isles, climate of one tropical region (tropical wet/ dry savannah or monsoon or equatorial), climate on a local scale: urban climates, global climate change.

Ecosystems: Change and Challenge:
Nature of ecosystems, ecosystems in the British Isles over time, the biome of one tropical region (savannah, grassland or tropical monsoon forest or tropical equatorial rainforest), ecosystem issues on a local scale: impact of human activity, ecosystem issues on a global scale.

Human Options

World Cities:

Contemporary urbanisation processes, urban decline and regeneration within urban areas, retailing and other services, contemporary sustainability issues in urban areas.

Development and Globalisation:

Patterns and processes, countries at very low levels of economic development, global social and economic groupings, aspects of globalisation, development issues within the world (each to be studied with reference to contrasting areas of the world).

Contemporary Conflicts and Challenges:

The geographical basis of conflict, conflict over the use of a local resource (e.g. land, buildings, space), the geographical impact of international conflicts, the challenge of multicultural societies in the UK, separatism within and/or across national boundaries, the challenge of global poverty.

Unit 4A: Geography Fieldwork Investigation (GEO4A).
Students have the opportunity to extend an area of the subject into a more detailed fieldwork study.

Unit 4 B: Geographical Issue Evaluation (GEO4B).
Students will use their skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation in relation to an advance information booklet.

Summary of Assessments

Unit 1 – Physical and Human Geography
• 70 % of AS, 35% of A Level
• 2 hour written examination
• 120 marks
• Structured short and extended questions

Unit 2 – Geographical Skills
• 30% of AS, 15% of A Level
• 1 hour written examination
• 50 marks
• Structured skills and generic fieldwork questions

Unit 3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues
• 30% of A Level
• 2 hour 30 minutes written examination
• 90 marks
• Structured short and extended questions, plus an essay

Unit 4: either

GEO4A: Geography Fieldwork Investigation – structured short and extended questions based on fieldwork investigation and fieldwork skills

GEO4B: Geographical Issue Evaluation – structured short and extended questions based on an Advanced Information Booklet
• 1 hour 30 minute written examination
• 20 % of A Level
• 60 marks

Examination Centres

MyDistance Learning College provides expertise support and advice for students in their studies through their comprehensive course packs and tutoring system. 

However, we do stress that it is the student’s responsibility to find a centre to register and take their exams with. We are aware that sometimes this is difficult or even impossible to arrange. 

Now we have come to an arrangement with centres in Birmingham, Bristol and Harrogate so please contact them directly for fees and a timetable.

We realise this may still involve a good deal of travelling for some students but the long-term benefits of being able to gain A Levels far outweigh the short-term expense and inconvenience.

Recommended Centres

English Maths Science Tuition Centre Ltd.
40 Showell Green lane
Sparkhill
Birmingham,
B11 4JP
England
United Kingdom

Tel: 0121-771-1298

info@englishandmaths.com

http://www.englishandmaths.com/Index.php

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3A Tutors Ltd 
1A High Street
Staple Hill
Bristol
BS16 5HA

Tel: 0117 9109931

Email: enquiries@3at.org.uk

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Harrogate Tutorial College
2 The Oval
Harrogate
HG2 9BA

Telephone +44(0)1423 501041

E-Mail study@htcuk.org

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Campbell Harris Tutors Ltd
185 Kensington High Street
London
W8 6SH
Telephone 020 7937 0032

Email principal@campbellharris.co.uk

Web Site http://campbellharris.co.uk/Content.asp?ID=18

Please visit AQA for exam information.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/admin/p_private.php

The contract for sitting exams is between you and the centre and we will provide you with comprehensive instructions on when and how to deal with the examination centre.

 

When you have successfully completed this course you will receive an A-Level in Geography. Once you have this certification you will be able to further enhance your employability in the sector, industry or area of interest by continuing your studies to the next level if you wish.

Do your courses meet the latest syllabus changes?

Yes, all our course materials meet any changes and will be updated free of charge if further changes are made.

Why do I have to find a centre myself?

We have students all over the UK and Europe and it is impossible for us to arrange dates and times for individual students.

What if I cannot find an examination centre in my home town?

If you wish to gain the qualification then be prepared to travel it is worth it!

How much are exam fees?

These vary from centre to centre so please check with your local centre.

Are the courses paper based or on-line?

All our courses are paper based and come in attractive sturdy folders.

How do I contact my tutor?

Tutors are all working Teachers or Lecturers so contact is by email only.

Why can I not take my exams when I have completed the course and why do I have to wait?

Exams are taken at the same times as schools and colleges and are not flexible.

I want to take my exams but there are only a few months to study, is this possible?

Depending on the time of year, it is sometimes impossible to complete your studies in a short space of time as your work has to be marked and checked. More importantly the examination boards have cut off times which are not flexible.

Will I receive UCAS points on completion of this course?

Yes all of our A Levels carry UCAS points. The number of points awarded will depend on the grade you achieve.

Why did you decide to study Geography as an A-Level?

I knew from leaving school I wanted to study Geography at university level as I had always had an interest around this area and enjoyed studying this at GCSE level. I studied Geography at A-Level to ensure I would be able to study at university level.

How long did it take to complete the A-Level?

It took me 18 months to complete the AS and A2 to have the complete A-Level.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

The subject is no longer filled with boring facts about population numbers, annual rainfall or deforestation activities. It's an exciting, vibrant study of the ever-changing relationship between human populations and the physical environment. It covers that relationship from both the local and global perspective, which gives a fascinating insight of both our own and the planet's continual evolution.

The course is divided into units, each of which is subdivided into separate subjects. The first half of the course covers human and physical topics, which deal with the core subject matter of rivers, flooding and its management, and the key area of population change. There is a fieldwork element which gets students out into the environment, and there is some choice available as to which particular subjects the student may study. Completion of all elements constitutes a full A-level.

Geography is an important subject of study as it gains the student a larger understanding of the world and the way people interact with their physical environment and globally with each other.

EXAM FORMAT

A Level Geography consists of 4 units in total: AS Level = 2 units

A2 Level = 2 units AS Level Unit 1: GEOG1 – Physical and Human Geography

Written examination: 2 Hours Unit 2: GEOG2 – Geographical Skills

Written examination: 1 hour A2 Level: Unit 3: GEOG3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues

Written examination: 2 hour 30 minutes Unit 4: either

• GEO4A: Geography Fieldwork Investigation, or:

• GEO4B: Geographical Issue Evaluation,

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

ASSIGNMENT INFORMATION

Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked questions, to enable students to monitor their progress.

RECOMMENDED HOURS OF STUDY

It is recommended that 200 hours of your time should be allocated towards study for the A Level Examinations.

Recommended Reading

AQA AS Geography: Student's Book by Smith John, Roger Knill Publisher: Nelson Thornes Ltd (26 Jun 2008) ISBN-10: 0748782583 ISBN-13: 978-0748782581 AQA A2 Geography by John Smith, Roger Knill Publisher: Nelson Thornes (26 May 2009) ISBN-10: 0748782591 ISBN-13: 978-0748782598

SUPPORT

As a student of MyDistance Learning College you will have access to tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course to ensure you are ready for your examinations.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Basic English reading and writing skills. It is recommended that students should have acquired the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE course or equivalent.

QUALIFICATION

AS +A2 = A level in Geography. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.

LANGUAGE OF EXAMINATION

Units are provided in English only

EXCLUSIVE HIGH-VALUE PACKAGE FOR
STUDENTS - FREE!

When you become a Student of My Distance Learning College you are eligible to receive the following:

1. A fully functioning business website, with free personal domain name and hosting for one year worth at least £175

2. Professional listing on an online directory exclusively for graduates of My Distance Learning College Courses, which lets the world know that you're qualified - worth £39.99

3. Career consultancy and free CV appraisal by one of the industry leaders in the UK - worth £64.99

4. Employment tools, including expert advice on interview preparation - worth at least £67

Total Value is a minimum of £346.98 – it's almost as if you're getting your course for nothing!

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