Geography A Level enables you to study current global issues and discuss the challenges of the 21st Century. It will build upon work you have completed at GCSE and introduce to more new topics.
Fieldwork, geographical skills and teamwork are essential parts of this course and it will include a week in Snowdonia in order for you to develop your investigative skills and collect data for the coursework element.
At A Level, the course is divided into 4 areas of study and 8 topics.
Area of Study 1 Dynamic Landscapes
Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Tectonic processes, a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards.
Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
A study of the coastal landscape system and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space.
Area of study 2 Dynamic Places
Topic 3: Globalisation
A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places.
Topic 4: Shaping Places
A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to different places and the consequences for different people. The focus will be on regenerating places.
Area of study 3 - Physical Systems and Sustainability
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Water cycle, human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts.
Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Carbon cycle, human and natural factors impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies
Area of study 4 - Human Systems and Geopolitics
Topic 7: Superpowers
Superpowers, the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons.
Topic 8: Global Development and Connections
Health, Human Rights and Intervention
The A Level independent investigation will be the coursework element involving fieldwork and research. This will help prepare you for the demands of higher education or employment. You will be able to choose a topic related to any aspect of the geography contained within the specification.
2 hours and 15 minutes examination 30% of A Level
Assessment of Dynamic landscapes and Physical Systems and Sustainability
2 hours and 15 minutes written examination
20% of A Level
Synoptic Investigation of a contemporary geographical Issue
Independent Investigation of 3000-4000 words based upon fieldwork and research.
20% of A Level
6/above in GCSE Geography and 6/above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics
Geography complements all other subjects as it covers such a vast range of transferable skills and knowledge. The world we live in is changing and geography allows you to see why and how we are having an impact upon the planet. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy, ICT literacy, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness. Geography graduates will be found in numerous different careers having lower unemployment rates than average so taking it as a subject will just help keep your options open. Geography will help you understand the complex world we live in and the role of geographical knowledge in explaining current issues is increasingly recognised by businesses and governments. It is a facilitating subject and welcomed by the top universities. “Of all subjects it is geography that best draws together the techniques of research, planning, communications and presentation that employers demand today.” (Director of Transport Research).