Geography

Why study Geography?

Geography is all around us, its study allows us to gain an understanding of the global issues that face us at the present time, and of our place as individuals within an increasingly complex world. If you have an enquiring mind and want to explore issues that matter, like globalisation, water conflict, energy security, and superpowers then this is the course for you.

Exam

Coursework

What will I study?

AS – One Year course:

AS Paper 1: Dynamic Landscapes (50% of the total AS marks)

Content: You will study tectonic processes and look at the causes, impacts on people and responses to tectonic hazards. As well as coastal landscapes and how they have been influenced over time, and space by human and physical processes. You will carry out fieldwork to investigate a coastal environment.

Assessment: 1 hour and 45 minutes examination

 

AS Paper 2: Dynamic Places (50% of the total AS marks)

Content: You will study the causes and consequences of globalisation on different people and places. As well as how and why places are shaped and changed over time, and the consequences of these changes on different people. You will carry out fieldwork to investigate how a place has been regenerated.

Assessment: 1 hour and 45 minutes examination

 

A level – Two Year course:

A level Paper 1: Assessment of Dynamic Landscapes and Physical Systems and Sustainability (30% of the total A level marks)

 

Content: You will study:

Tectonic processes and look at the causes, impacts on people and responses to tectonic hazards, as well as coastal landscapes and how they have been influenced over time, and space by human and physical processes. You will investigate the water cycle, and how human and natural factors have caused consequences for water security, and how this could lead to future water conflicts. As well as, the Carbon Cycle and energy security by looking at the consequences for ecosystems and how they can be managed.

Assessment: 2 hours and 15 minutes examination

 

A level paper 2: Assessment of Dynamic Places and Human Systems and Geopolitics (30% of the total A level marks)

 

Content: You will study:

The causes and consequences of globalisation on different people and places. As well as how and why places are shaped and changed over time, and the consequences of these changes on different people. You will investigate the ‘superpowers’, and their impacts and influence in governing the global commons, as well as, global developments and connections over health, human rights and migration.

Assessment: 2 hours and 15 minutes examination

 

A Level paper 3: Synoptic investigation of a contemporary geographical issue (20% of the total A level mark)

Assessment: 2 hours and 15 minutes examination

 

Coursework: Independent investigation (20% of the total A level marks)

How will I study?

We will use a variety of learning methods including seminars, discussions, presentations and individual work. Research will be carried out using books, periodicals & ICT. You will attend a residential fieldtrip in which data collection and analysis will take place in different environments.

What do I need to start the course?

GCSE grades A to C in English, Maths and Science are recommended. GCSE Geography A to C is also strongly recommended.

Where could it lead?

Geography offers a wide range of skills for students wishing to study any subject at degree level, including Geography and environmentally related degree courses, leading to a wide range of career options. You will develop skills that are valued by employers such as teamwork (fieldtrip), analysing data and reaching conclusions, problem solving and making concise reports. Universities value Geography as a rigorous academic subject.