A Level Geography at Abbeyfield 2009

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A Level Geography at Abbeyfield 2009

  1. 1. OCR A-Level Geography from 2009 <ul><li>A bbeyfield School </li></ul><ul><li>http://abbeyfieldhumanities.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  2. 2. How useful will A-Level Geography be to you in the future? <ul><li>“ Employers rarely need narrow specialists. They need bright, committed, inquisitive and determined individuals with the ability to draw on what is happening elsewhere in the world. The best geographers are stars in this respect.” </li></ul><ul><li>David Rhind </li></ul><ul><li>Ordnance Survey Chief Executive. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Where do all the Geographers go? <ul><li>Management & Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Estate Agent </li></ul><ul><li>Sports Management </li></ul><ul><li>Retail Management </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Management </li></ul><ul><li>Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Urban/Rural planning </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Information Services </li></ul><ul><li>Journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunications </li></ul><ul><li>Leisure, Travel & Tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Air Traffic Control </li></ul><ul><li>Tour Operator </li></ul><ul><li>Education & Service </li></ul><ul><li>Police </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Armed Forces </li></ul><ul><li>Law </li></ul><ul><li>Meteorology </li></ul><ul><li>Business & Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Market Research </li></ul>
  4. 4. How is the OCR Geography course structured? 20% - Summer exam based on candidates own research and investigation 1 hour 30 minutes Geographical Skills A2 F764 30% - Summer Exam 2 hours 30 minutes Global Issues A2 F763 25% 50% Summer Exam 1 hour 30 minutes Managing change in Human Environments AS F762 25% 50% Summer Exam 1 hour 30 minutes Managing Physical Environments AS F761 A2 GCE AS GCE Mode of assessment Duration Name Unit
  5. 5. What is the content of the Managing Physical Environments unit? (F761) <ul><li>Coastal Environments </li></ul><ul><li>River Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Cold Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Hot arid and semi-arid environments </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>River environments: </li></ul><ul><li>Slope and channel processes River systems, weathering, mass movement, erosion, deposition </li></ul><ul><li>River landscapes as a resource Energy, Recreation, Water supply, Conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Issues resulting from the development of river basins Development and flooding, Impacts of flooding </li></ul><ul><li>Management challenges for the future Balancing act between social, economic and environmental issues </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Coastal Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Processes & factors responsible for landforms Weathering, Erosion, Rock structure </li></ul><ul><li>How can coasts be protected? Hard and soft engineering strategies </li></ul><ul><li>How are coastal areas valuable? Study of activities including tourism, energy, conservation </li></ul><ul><li>What management challenges exist? Planning, management and conflict in coastal areas </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Cold Environments: </li></ul><ul><li>What processes and factors give cold environments their characteristics? Impact of climate and weathering, distinctive landscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Why are cold environments considered fragile? Climatic extremes and ecosystem damage </li></ul><ul><li>What issues are associated with cold environments? Economic opportunities, resource exploitation, conflicts between peoples </li></ul><ul><li>How can these environments be managed sustainably? Maintaining a balance between social, economic and environmental issues </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Hot arid and semi-arid environments </li></ul><ul><li>What processes and factors give such environments their characteristics? Impact of climate and weathering, distinctive landscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Why are hot arid and semi-arid environments considered fragile? Climatic extremes and ecosystem damage </li></ul><ul><li>What issues are associated with hot arid and semi-arid environments? Economic opportunities, resource exploitation, conflicts between peoples </li></ul><ul><li>How can these environments be managed sustainably? Maintaining a balance between social, economic and environmental issues </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Managing urban change </li></ul><ul><li>Managing rural change </li></ul><ul><li>The energy issue </li></ul><ul><li>The growth of tourism </li></ul>What is covered in the Managing Change in Human Environments unit? (F762)
  11. 11. What is covered in the Managing Change in Human Environments unit? <ul><li>Managing urban change </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristics of urban areas Urban functions, land-use patterns </li></ul><ul><li>What are the social and economic issues associated with change? Urban deprivation, social conditions, managing services </li></ul><ul><li>What are the environmental issues associated with urban change? Traffic congestion, waste management, pollution & dereliction </li></ul><ul><li>How can urban areas be managed more sustainably? Environmental planning, sustainable cities </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Managing rural change </li></ul><ul><li>What are the characteristics of rural areas Functions, development and opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>What are the social and economic issues associated with change? Growth and decline, economic and social problems </li></ul><ul><li>What are the environmental issues associated with rural change? Environmental issues, planning and housing constraints, land degradation, leisure and recreation </li></ul><ul><li>How can rural areas be managed more sustainably? </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>The energy issue: </li></ul><ul><li>What are the sources of energy and how do these vary in their global pattern? Availability of finite and renewable resources, global supply </li></ul><ul><li>What is the relationship between energy use and economic development Focus on contrasting countries and their energy needs </li></ul><ul><li>What are the social, economic & environmental issues associated with the increasing demand for energy? Employment, Economic sustainability, community development </li></ul><ul><li>How can energy supply be managed to ensure sustainability? Renewable energy sources and developments </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The growth of tourism: </li></ul><ul><li>How has global tourism changed? Changes in location and type of tourism </li></ul><ul><li>What is the relationship between tourism and economic development? Economic development on national and regional scale </li></ul><ul><li>What are the social, economic and environmental issues associated with the growth of tourism? Opportunities for development, employment, infrastructure improvement and environmental protection </li></ul><ul><li>How can tourism be managed to ensure sustainability? Eco-tourism, sustainable tourism and Community-based developments </li></ul>
  15. 15. How will you be assessed in AS Geography? <ul><li>There are two exams, both structured in the same way: </li></ul><ul><li>Section A: </li></ul><ul><li>Candidates choose two questions from four data response questions. Questions are based on stimulus material including maps and photographs </li></ul><ul><li>Section B: </li></ul><ul><li>Candidates answer one question chosen from four extended-writing questions </li></ul><ul><li>A total of three questions are attempted </li></ul>
  16. 16. A2 units <ul><li>Unit F763 - Global Issues: </li></ul><ul><li>Earth hazards – Earthquakes, Volcanoes etc </li></ul><ul><li>Globalisation – Pros and Cons, trade and aid </li></ul><ul><li>Climatic hazards – Hurricanes, Typhoons, heatwaves, Tornadoes etc </li></ul><ul><li>Unit F764 - Geographical Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Based on skills acquired in AS and A2 units and fieldwork (synoptic unit). </li></ul>
  17. 17. Why choose A-Level Geography at A bbeyfield School? <ul><li>A-Level Geography at Abbeyfield is thought provoking, interesting and challenging if you get involved . </li></ul><ul><li>Issues based course drawing upon topical geographical news </li></ul><ul><li>OCR Geography course chosen to allow easy transition from GCSE to AS and A-Level. </li></ul><ul><li>100% A-Level Geography pass rate in 2009 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Overlap with other A Level subjects           Biology Business Studies Science Economics Unit F764 Unit F763 Unit F762 Unit F761 Subject
  19. 19. Could you do Geography A-Level here with us? <ul><li>If you agree with the following statements, then YES! </li></ul><ul><li>I am interested in the topics studied in Geography at A-Level. </li></ul><ul><li>I will achieve at least grade C in GCSE Geography </li></ul><ul><li>I want to exceed my own expectations and challenge myself. </li></ul><ul><li>I can take responsibility for my own learning and won’t need to rely on the teacher to spoon me. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>“ Geography is the subject </li></ul><ul><li>which holds </li></ul><ul><li>the KEY to our future .” </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Palin </li></ul><ul><li>Writer & Broadcaster </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Produced by Mr D Drake </li></ul><ul><li>Humanities Advanced Skills Teacher for Wiltshire </li></ul><ul><li>A bbeyfield School, Chippenham </li></ul><ul><li>http:// abbeyfieldhumanities.blogspot.com </li></ul>

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