Geography

What does the course involve?
This specification offers a balance between physical, human, and/or environmental geography providing knowledge, understanding and skills for further study and work.

How will you learn?
A range of teaching styles will be used during the course including group discussions and individual research. Field work and individual research are key aspects of this specification. You will develop evaluative skills, learn to identify and analyse connections between various aspects of geography and use a range of geographical skills.

What exams and coursework are involved?

 Physical Systems (01)
(22% of your total A-level)
Exam – 1hr 30min (66 marks)
 Human Interactions (02)
(22% of your total A-level)
Exam – 1hr 30min (66 marks)
 Geographical debate (03)
(36% of your total A-level)
Exam – 2hr 30min (108 marks)
 Investigate Geography (04, 05)
(20% of your total A-level)
Non-examination assessment (60 marks)
 Topics studied include:
1. Landscape Systems - Coastal landscapes
a)Coastal landforms
b) Climate changes influence on coasts
c) Human influences on coasts
2. Earth’s Life Support Systems
a) Importance of water and carbon
b) How the water and carbon cycle operate in difference locations
c) Changes in the water and carbon cycles
d) Links between the water and carbon cycles
3. Geographical Skills
 Topics studied include:
1. Changing Spaces, Making Places
a) What is place and how do we understand it
b) The influence of economic changes on social inequality
c) The players influencing economic change in places
d) The place making process
2. Global Connections
a) Trade in the Contemporary World or Global Migration
b) Global Governance – Human Rights or Global Governance Power and Borders
3. Geographical Skills
 TWO topics from the following will be studied:
1. Climate Change
2. Disease Dilemmas
3. Exploring Oceans
4. Future of Food
5. Hazardous Earth
Plus Geographical Skills
 Independent Investigation
This includes:
• A question or issue developed by the learner (you)
• Data and evidence collected from the field
• Independently presenting, analysing and summarising findings/data
• Reaching individual conclusions
Plus Geographical and Fieldwork Skills

What are the entry requirements?
It is preferable to have GCSE Geography as a foundation, ideally with a B grade.

What could you do after completing the course?
Geographers are much in demand in many fields because they have developed skills in research, data handling and interpretation and have a good knowledge of people and environment interactions, at a variety of scales. It combines equally well with science or art subjects. This is a particularly highly valued subject with today’s huge emphasis on climate change and sustainability on a national and global scale. Jobs within these areas are becoming increasingly available..


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