The OCR Geography syllabus aims to cover topics which are relevant to students’ lives and which encourage a sense of place and awareness of the world. It draws on students’ previous geographical knowledge and develops new ideas and concepts to explore in both human and physical geography. Fieldwork and subsequent coursework also play a significant part in the course, and to cover this aspect there will be a residential trip to Barcelona to study urban and coastal environments.
GCSE Geography at grade B or above and English Language at grade 5 or above.
In the first year of the course students will learn about Landscape Systems, studying earth surface processes, landforms and their resulting landscapes within coastal environments. They will also study Changing Spaces, Making Places, exploring the relationships and connections between people, the economy and society, and how these contribute to creating places. Finally, they will study Hazardous Environments through geographical debates and questions. The fieldwork aspect will be examined in a separate exam for those taking the AS papers.
In the second year, students will have the opportunity to study Physical Systems through learning about Earth’s Life Support Systems, specifically carbon and water cycles and their importance globally. We also look at Human Interactions through studying Global Migration, its causes and its impacts. Geographical Debates are also picked up on again looking at Disease Dilemmas and their global implications. Finally, students will carry out an independent piece of coursework to complete their A-Level course.
Previous students have gone on to study physical and human geography at university, as well as geotechnical engineering, geology, sustainable development and population studies. It is a broad and wide ranging subject, which opens up many opportunities for future employment and personal development.
BTEC in Travel & Tourism (Level 3) 2016/17
The Level 3 BTEC in Travel and Tourism is a vocational based course which builds upon students’ knowledge from the Level 2 BTEC. It is examined purely through coursework so students are not required to sit an external examination at the end of the course.
The course investigates all areas of the industry and current affairs, which would feed into many customer service based industries. This is an excellent course for those who enjoy travel and want to further investigate destinations, plan trips and discover the Tourism industry. The two year course is equivalent to an A level.
GCSE Geography at grade C or above or BTEC in Travel and Tourism (Level 2) at merit or above.
Students will complete a total of six units over two years. Three of these units will be completed in year 1 and remainder of the units in year 2. The two year course is equivalent to an A Level.
The units studied are:
- Investigating Travel and Tourism
- The UK as a destination
- European destinations.
Subsidiary Diploma Units:
- The Business of Travel and Tourism
- Customer Service in Travel and Tourism
- Researching Current Issues in Travel and Tourism.
The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest industries in the world and creates many job opportunities. It is also suitable for those who may want to pursue further education in either the leisure industry or a travel and tourism based course.
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