Geography A Level
What will I learn?
Tectonic processes and hazards: Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and secondary hazards such as tsunamis. The causes, impacts on people and management.
Coastal landscapes and change: Waves, tides, sub-aerial processes and sea level change produce a variety of coastal landscapes. Coastal management strategies.
Globalisation: The spread of global TNCs, migration of populations, development of communication has impacts on countries and people.
Regenerating places: Urban and rural areas are in need of regeneration using a variety of strategies using tourism, sport, retailing and culture.
The water cycle and water insecurity: Physical and human processes influence the water cycle causing flooding and water supply problems. Climate change and El nino.
The carbon cycle and energy security: Human influences on the carbon cycle causes global warming. The use of renewables and biofuels and issues of energy security.
Superpowers: Superpowers and emerging superpowers have a significant impact on the global economy, global politics and the environment. Global development and connections: The reasons for variations in the level of development across the world and the causes and impacts of international migration.
GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 or above. You don’t need to have studied Geography at GCSE, but if you have, you should have achieved Grade 4 or above.
GCSE Points Average: 4.6 or above.
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
2¼-hour exam (tectonics, coasts, water cycle, carbon cycle). A Level weighting: 30%
2¼-hour exam (globalisation, regenerating places, superpowers, development). A Level weighting: 30%
2¼-hour exam (synoptic, resource-based exam). A Level weighting: 20%
Coursework: Based on fieldwork and research data (3000-4000 words). A Level weighting: 20%
Additional Learning Opportunities
You will take part in numerous one-day field trips to coastal, urban and rural areas. You can also take part in additional learning activities such as Travel Destinations, International Dimensions or the overseas volunteering project group World Challenge.
Who is this course aimed at?
Geography is attractive to students who:
- have an interest in what is going on in the UK and the world
- have an interest in the environment
- enjoy studying issues relevant to their own lives and experiences
- enjoy fieldwork
- want to broaden their studies to include both science and humanities
Many students go onto careers in areas including town planning, environmental development, journalism and the media or even finance and management.
- A Level
- 2 Years