Students will study a combination of physical and human geography to develop geographical skills and to investigate contemporary issues. A level Geography comprises of three synoptic themes. These are over-arching themes designed to help students make links between different geographical themes, ideas and concepts. The synoptic themes incorporate specialist geographical concepts, namely: casualty, systems, feedback, inequality, identity, globalisation, interdependence, mitigation and adaption, sustainability, risk, resilience and thresholds. These themes are: Players, attitudes and actions & futures and uncertainties.
During the course, students will also take part in a number of fieldwork collection activities at various locations including the River Chess and London Docklands
Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel
Year 1 Subject Content:
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 - An integrated study of processes, landforms and landscapes. A study of one landscape system and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space.
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.
Year 2 Subject Content
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.
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
Career Opportunities / Routes
A level Geography supports progression into many higher education courses and areas of work including: town and transport planning, land and water management, environmental consultancy, development policy, tourism and recreation. This course also supports entry into careers such as information technology, the civil service, administration and management, the financial sector, and marketing.
Paper 1: Physical Geography
Paper 2: Human Geography
Paper 3: Geographical investigation and skills
Students will complete an independent coursework investigation.
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