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Geography

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a new course fit for the 21st Century and is a must for anyone who is interested in the present and future state of our planet and its inhabitants. Students will build on the knowledge; understanding and expertise gained at GCSE and will investigate the challenges of the natural world and today's modern society. The course has a balance between physical, human and environmental topics with fieldwork and research skills (including GIS) a key feature at AS and A2. Students will develop their decision-making and analytical skills both as an individual and in groups. In addition to classroom lessons students will plan and undertake fieldwork locally and nationally and will have an opportunity to take part in a European visit.

 

COURSE CONTENT

AS UNITS:

Unit 1: Global Challenges

(1 hour 30 minutes exam)

The World at Risk: students will investigate a range of natural disasters and their locations, causes, effects and management. There is an in-depth study of the causes of climate change, its impacts and the strategies for dealing with it.

Going Global. Students will investigate how and why globalisation has occurred and what its consequences are. They will study population change in the UK, migration in the EU and the growth of cities worldwide.

Unit 2: Geographical investigations

(1 hour 15 minutes exam)

Students chose a physical and a human geography topic and use fieldwork, research and practical skills to investigate how to best manage the challenges of the 21st Century.

A2 UNITS:

Unit 3: Contested Planet

(2 hours 30 minutes exam)

Students begin by studying the use of energy resources and water conflicts around the world. The unit then develops into the impacts of differing resource consumption: biodiversity threats, the development gap, global superpowers and the role of technology.

Unit 4: Geographical Research

(1 hour 30 minutes written exam) Students study one topic from a choice of six (3 physical and 3 human) and are assessed via a 1½ hour written exam.

 

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

An Advanced Level in Geography provides a broad and balanced education and develops a wide range of skills. It can therefore lead onto Humanities or Science-based degree courses, as well as specialist courses in Geography and Environmental studies. The career paths of Geography students are as varied as the subject itself, Geographers are great decision-makers and problem solvers; and jobs include crime analysts, town and country planning, civil service, travel and tourism, business management, marketing, environmental agencies, development agencies and careers on the airlines.

 

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students will normally achieve A* to C grades in a range of subjects, including Geography.