The course is been split into 3 separate components;
Component One: Changing Physical and Human Landscapes.
You will study two core themes within this component. Landscapes and Physical processes covers the main landscapes in the UK, in particular rivers and coastal areas. You will investigate the links made by geology, climate and human activity. Secondly you will look at Rural-Urban links, which addresses rural depopulation through to mega cities and the role that these cities play in the global economy.
Alongside the core components you study an optional theme which is Tectonic Landscapes and Hazards. This topic covers earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis in contrasting areas of the world. Students will investigate how these impact on health, infrastructure and the economy of those areas and beyond.
Component Two: Environment and Development Issues
You will study two core themes within this component. Weather, Climate and Ecosystemslooks at the causes of weather and also the location, characteristics and issues in a variety of ecosystems such as deserts and rainforests. Secondly, you will look at Development and Resource Issues investigating the role of multinational companies, uneven development, the demand for water and regional inequality within the UK.
Alongside the core components you study an optional theme which is Environmental Challenges. This topic covers the ecological footprint, the demand for resources such as palm oil and the impact of climate change in the Polar Regions.
There is a variety of connections between the topics which should help to reinforce the areas covered throughout the course.
Component Three: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry
You are given the opportunity to develop their skills of geographical enquiry through fieldwork. They are expected to undertake a minimum of two fieldwork enquiries in a contrasting environment. You will be given the opportunity to represent geographical data using a range of cartographical and graphical techniques. You are also given the opportunity to analyses a variety of maps, graphs, photographs and data sets whilst exploring the content of each component.
A Level Geography
The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next fifty years than it has ever done before. AS and A-Level Geography explain what is happening, where it’s happening, to whom it’s happening and why.
In Year 12 (AS) students look at:
Unit 1: Changing Landscapes. Coastal Landscapes and Tectonic Hazards. You will look at the processes, landforms, and management of both these physical environments
Unit 2: Changing Places. You will be looking at how and why places change; locally, in cities and rural areas. We look at the Rural Environment and the issues surrounding city dwellers moving to the countryside to look for “the good life”. The third module looks at Urban Britain, at segregation and consequent problems in cities such as Bradford, and regeneration in London Docklands or Liverpool (including a field trip to Liverpool).
Investigative Geography. Ever wanted to know how to test theories, or how to carry out a questionnaire without offending anyone? How would you graph species diversity on a sand dune, or measure wind speed inside a forest? These skills are also studied during this course in units 1 and 2. There will be 2 full days of fieldwork in 2 different environments
In Year 13 (A Level) students study:
Unit 3: Global systems. Water and carbon cycles. These topics will include the management of the oceans and climate systems
Unit 4: Contemporary Themes in Geography. This involves the study of the sustainable use of ecosystems and managing world. This paper asks deals with the question, “If we are really only stewards looking after the planet for our grandchildren, how can we achieve sustainability in terms of water use, tropical rainforests and food?”
Unit 5: Individual investigation. One written independent investigation, based on the collection of both primary data and secondary information
For more information regarding this course please see the prospectus here.