Geography

Geography explains the past, illuminates the present, and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” – Michael Ignatieff 

Subject information

ENTRY DETAILS

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel IAL

Specification: Pearson Edexcel International Advanced A-Level in Business (YBS11)

HOW I WILL BE ASSESSED?

Examination: The course is examined in January and June of both Year 12 and Year 13

COURSE DETAILS

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW, DURATION AND WEIGHTING

Paper 1 –  Written examination 1 hour and 45 minutes (30% of qualification – 90 marks)

Paper 2 – Written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes (20% of qualification – 60 marks)

Paper 3 – Written examination 2 hours (30% of qualification – 90 marks) 

Paper 4 – Written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes (20% of qualification – 60 marks)

Exam Papers% of IALAssessment overview

Paper 1 –
Global Challenges
(Jan Y12)

30

Section A: Data response and short-answer questions. 

Section B: Choice of longer/guided essay questions, on either Topic 1: World at Risk or Topic 2: Going Global.

Paper 2 –
Geographical
Investigations
(June Y12)

20

Section A: Data response and short-answer questions on Topics 1 and 2: Crowded Coasts and Urban Problems, Planning and Regeneration. 

Section B: Compulsory short-answer questions on research and fieldwork investigation. 

Section C: Choice of one fieldwork question, on either Topic 1: Crowded Coasts or Topic 2: Urban Problems, Planning and Regeneration.

Paper 3 – Contested Planet
(June Y13)

30

Section A: Longer/guided essay questions and a synoptic question. 

Section B: Choice of one data response/essay question from two topics (B1 or B2). Section C: Choice of one data response/essay question from two topics (C1 or C2).

Paper 4 –
Researching
Geography
(Jan Y13)

20

Students will be given a list of questions based on the four options. Students will select and answer one question that relates to the option they have studied.

WIDER READING

  • Dorling, D. (2013) Population 10 billion. London: Constable
  • Marshall, T. and Scarlett, J. (2019) Prisoners of Geography: Ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics. London: Elliott and Thompson Limited
  • Rosling, H. (2018) Factfulness: Ten reasons we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than you think. UK: Sceptre

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