The course involves the study of change in both physical and human environments as well as how people interact within these.
The topics covered in Year 12:
Tectonic Processes and Hazards – a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards.
Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – an integrated study of processes, landforms and landscapes. A study of one Coastal Landscape System and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space.
Globalisation – a study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places.
Regenerating 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 Year 13 topics include:
The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity – human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts.
The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security – human and natural factors impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies.
Superpowers – the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons.
Global Development and Connections – Health, Human Rights and Intervention
Previous study of Geography at GCSE level is highly desirable. Success in GCSE Geography or GCSE Humanities to at least at level 5, would be a good indicator of suitability for the course.
The department will provide all of the fieldwork equipment required and exercise books for each topic but you may be required to make a contribution towards the electronic textbooks
The practical skills of investigating, analysis, the use of statistical methods, interpretation, report writing and making presentations are transferable key skills which are highly sought after by prospective employers.
This is a linear course with three exams at the end of the two years each lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes. Two of the exams assess the topics covered over the course each accounting for 30% of the qualification. The third is a decision making paper with an unseen resource booklet, this accounts for 20% of the course. The last 20% comes from coursework on either human or physical geography and is supported by your 4 days of fieldwork.
Geography is regarded highly by the Russell University Group as a facilitating subject.
One aspect of Geography that students find appealing is the range of opportunities available to those with an A level in Geography. For example, some recent former students are working as landscape architect; estate manager; surveyor; transport manager; marketing officer; teacher; farmer; lecturer; archivist; museum director; army officer.
WHAT DO OUR STUDENTS SAY:
“The support that you have given me in Geography has encouraged me to pursue a degree in International Relations at university. Geography is my outright favourite subject and the teaching that I have received has been inspirational and has challenged me to push myself to achieve my dream.”