Contact Teacher: Mrs M Wilburn, Geography Team Leader
Exam Board: AQA
Why study Geography?
Geography is the unique bridge subject as it bridges the gap between the social and earth sciences. Human, physical and environmental aspects of geography will enhance your knowledge of the interactions between people and places in the world. The course provides plenty of room for discussion and extended research which will help you become an independent thinker. You will learn in a wide variety of ways such as using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photos, videos and podcasts as well as through four days of fieldwork.
It is a flexible, broad based subject that integrates well with a variety of other subjects from the sciences to the arts. It is highly valued by universities as an A-level choice. It also opens up a wide range of career opportunities such as sustainability and green issues, hazard management, urban regeneration, law and human rights, global business or medicine.
The A-level is made up of four units:
Unit 1: Physical Systems
Unit Landscape Systems: Choose one from: Glaciated Landscapes, Dryland Landscapes, Coastal Landscapes - How do they form? How does nature change them? How does human activity change them?
Unit Earth's Life Support Systems: Compare contrasting biomes - Tropical Rainforest and Arctic Tundra, How do the two biomes differ? How does physical and human factors affect each biome?
Unit 2: Human Interactions
Unit Changing Spaces, Making Places: How do patterns of social inequality vary within and between places? How does the economy change places? How do places try to 'rebrand' themselves?
Unit Global Connections:
Either: Trade in the Contemporary World or Global Migration (what are the patterns of migration/trade? What are the issues?)
Either: Power and Borders or Human Rights (What is the role of global governance in conflict? How has human rights contributed to development?
Unit 3: Geographical Investigation
What is it? What are the causes? What are the threats? What are the solutions?
Choose two of five: Climate Change, Disease Dilemmas, Exploring Oceans, Future of Food, Hazardous Earth
Unit 4: Independent Investigation
Students complete an individual investigation based on a question or issue identified by them on any part of the specification that interests them.
How the course is taught and assessed
Teaching will take place in the classroom as well as opportunities to learn outside the classroom via both human and physical fieldwork. In class there will be some teacher led sessions, other lessons you will carry out independent research, hold debates, give presentations, team teach and analyse maps, photos and data to develop understanding of issues. Organisation, self-motivation and an interest to find out about contemporary issues is crucial.
01 Physical systems and 02 Human Interactions (1 hour 30 minute written paper each) 24% of total A-level each
03 Geographical debates (2 hours 30 minute written paper) 32% of total A-level
04 Independent Investigation (Non-examination assessment) 20% of total A-level
Obtaining at least a grade 6 at GCSE Geography is generally required to be accepted on the course.