West London Free School

West London Free School

Geography

EXAMINATION BOARD OCR (H481)

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

Unit 1 Physical Systems

Unit 2 Human Interactions

Unit 3 Geographical Debates

Unit 4 Investigative Geography

 

ABOUT THE COURSE

‘Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose.’ Michael Palin’s quote provides an excellent framework for Geography A-level at WLFS. The curriculum will take you through the physical and human sides of our planet, from Arctic tundra and tropical rainforests to economic change and social inequality. The course also deals with significant human aspects of geography at a global and local scale, including human rights, trade, power struggles and global migration. There is also an entire unit dedicated to the great debates of our time, from disease and climate change to the future of the oceans and food. The final unit will involve a field trip and a study exploring the more practical elements of geography, which will be presented as a significant project.

The course is accessible for all students, whether or not you have studied the subject at GCSE level, but some elements do build on this prior knowledge. The course provides students with an excellent range of skills and knowledge in preparation for life after school, whether that might be in the workplace or university. It is a very useful A-level if you are considering university courses such as environmental science, law, international relations and business among many others. Students will leave with an in-depth knowledge and ability to build informed opinions on the important issues facing us in the 21st century and beyond. Geography is a subject that both employers and universities looks for as evidence of a rounded and balanced person who can cope with scientific rigour and philosophical debate.

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