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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Geography in the Sixth Form

A Level Geography

 At Carshalton High School for Girls we study AQA A Level Geography.

The Year 12 topics included on this course are:

  • The Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Changing Places
  • Contemporary Urban Environments
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork

The geography course is now linear and students will be examined at the end of Year 13 on all the work covered in Year 12 and 13.

The Year 13 topics included on this course are:

  • Hazards
  • Glacial Systems and Landscapes
  • Global Systems and Governance

There will be two written exams, both 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Component 1 Physical Geography

40% of total A Level

Written exam

  • Section A: Water and Carbon cycles
  • Section B: Glacial systems and landscapes
  • Section C: Hazards

Component 2 Human Geography

40% of total A Level

Written exam

  • Section A: Global systems and global governance
  • Section B: Changing Places
  • Section C: Contemporary urban environments

Component 3 Geographical Investigation

Fieldwork is a compulsory part of the A Level Geography course.  There will be a cost attached to the fieldwork.

Component 3 of the A Level Geography exam is to submit a 3,000 - 4,000 word fieldwork investigation.

20% of total A Level

What sort of work will I be doing?

  • Independent research
  • Collection of primary data
  • Investigations
  • Debating
  • Discussions
  • Presentations
  • Decision making
  • Lateral thinking and problem solving
  • Fieldwork
  • Conducting a geographical investigation

What qualifications are needed to take this course?

The minimum requirements to do this A Level are 5 GCSE grades in five different subjects at Grade 5 including English and Maths. a Grade 6 in Geography is also required.

What extra work can I do?

  • Reading around the topics covered in the course
  • Independent research
  • Keep up to date with current affairs reported in the media
  • Continuous revision of work covered in class

What students say about Geography at CHSG:

"Geography is challenging but it is a really interesting and rewarding subject." Dania
"I have really enjoyed Geography this year and felt well supported by both teachers".  Alice O
"I really enjoyed taking AS Geography as we learnt so many interesting topics - I love 'Coasts!"  Alice D

And finally…

The geography department prides itself in producing students who have a well-rounded education and have developed skills that are transferable and sought after in both higher education institutions and the working world.

We have high expectations of our students and encourage all students to achieve to the very highest standards possible whilst also developing their areas of particular geographical interest. 

Useful Websites

Royal Geographical Society

Antarctic Glaciers