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Geography

A level

Geography is the study of people and their relationship with the environment, the impacts each has on the other and the challenges of managing those impacts in a rapidly changing world.  

Taking part in fieldwork, classroom discussions and internet research will develop your literacy, communication, numeracy and analytical skills as you reflect on your own experiences.

Your programme of study will be made up of human topic areas such as globalisation, regenerating places, changes in global power and nation-states; and also physical topics including tectonic processes and hazards, glaciated landscapes, the water and carbon cycles and climate change.  You will also complete an Independent Investigation either locally or using data collected on a field trip, if possible.

You will gain a deeper understanding on how the changes to the planet affect you, how you are influencing these changes and what you, as an individual and a generation, can do to manage change for a sustainable, stable future.

Course Content

Geography is the study of people and their relationship with their environment, the impacts each has on the other and the challenges of managing those impacts.

You will take part in fieldwork, classroom discussions and internet research, and reflect on your own experiences: how will the changes to the planet affect you, and how are you influencing these changes?  

Year 1

Your will begin by studying the carbon cycle and energy security, before moving on to
investigate globalisation; focusing on the inequalities between countries as shifts in wealth occur. You will also study glaciated landscapes and how they are being changed by both human activities which pose unique threats.

Year 2

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the causes of tectonic hazards and how to put into place successful responses. You will learn about the water cycle, focusing on the global issue of water insecurity. You will study superpowers and their impact on the global economy, global politics and the environment. You will explore how our rapidly globalizing world impacts on migration, national identity and sovereignty.


Assessment

  • 80% Exam
  • 20% Coursework
  • Exam Board: Edexcel

Special Features

Fieldwork is integral to this course.  You will take part in at least four fieldwork days which will form the basis of your coursework. Residential trips are also a strong feature of this course (currently the study of glaciation in the Lake District).

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Geography, or equivalent, if taken.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

Geographers develop many transferable skills appropriate to both higher education and employment.

Students have progressed to study a range of related subjects including Town Planning, Business and Environment, Management and Marketing, Architecture, Photography, Crime Analysis, Travel Agent, Environmental Consultant, Forestry, Civil Engineering and Teaching.

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