The following information is taken from our document 'The Sixth Form and Beyond', which is updated each December. It can be downloaded as a pdf file.
Head of Faculty: Dr. T.R. Foulger
This course will appeal to those students who:
- Want to study a subject that focuses on 21st Century issues such as the rise of new superpowers and increasing global problems such as climate change.
- Have an interest in and concern for the environment.
- Are interested in current affairs.
- Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences.
- Want an opportunity to carry out practical work outdoors as well as class-work.
- Want to broaden their AS studies to cover both ‘sciences’ and ‘humanities’.
- Enjoy travel and finding out about new people, places, landscapes and events.
- Want to keep their options open – Geography AS/A2 is an appropriate qualification for a very wide range of higher education or career choices.
- Don’t want to do any more coursework!
What will I learn on this course?
- What are the issues affecting people and places where they live? How are cities and the countryside changing? Why are they changing?
- How will hazards affect our planet as we move through the 21st Century?
- How are people affecting the environment we all live in?
- What are the economic forces that drive the world economy? How are they changing?
- What decisions are being made about the use and management of resources, and who makes these decisions?
- An appreciation of current events and world problems, such as the effects of natural hazards, global warming, migration and the plight of refugees.
Must I have done GCSE Geography?
It is not a requirement that you have studied GCSE Geography, but in this case you should demonstrate high GCSE results (As and A*s) in other subjects. For those who have studied Geography GCSE we would expect a minimum of a B grade in the subject.
What examinations will I have to take to get my qualification?
Edexcel AS Unit 1: Global Challenges (1½ hour exam: 60% of AS)
Two topics will be studied:
- World At Risk: global natural hazards and climate change.
- Going Global: globalisation, connections between nations, migration, mega cities, technologies and population change.
Edexcel AS Unit 2: Geographical Investigations (1¼ hour exam: 40% of AS)
Two topics will be studied:
- Extreme Weather: with its increasing ferocity and frequency, extreme weather can frighten and fascinate!
- Re-branding Places: reinventing places to improve their image and regenerate them.
Edexcel A2 Unit 3: Contested Planet (2½ hour exam: 60% of A2)
Six topics will be studied:
- Energy Security: economic wealth depends on being able to use energy. With demand for energy growing, is there potential for conflict over supply?
- Water Conflicts: water is a basic human need, but is not evenly available – why?
- Biodiversity Under Threat: biological resources are valuable but are often under threat through over-exploitation.
- Superpower Geographies: power is not even – some countries hold more than others. But why and what are the consequences? The economic rise of Brazil, Russia, India and China, as well as the USA and EU.
- Bridging the Development Gap: as the divide between rich and poor grows even bigger, what can be done to reduce the gap?
- The Technological Fix: access to technology is closely linked to development and, just as development is uneven, so is access to technology.
Edexcel A2 Unit 4: Geographical Research (1½ hour exam: 40% of A2)
This will be based around an in depth study of Cold Environments. We are a leading centre in this field.