The modern world is a rapidly changing one, whose dynamics and issues are multifaceted. From the global to the local, Geography allows you to explore these world issues as active enquirers. It seeks to understand the interaction between human beings and their environments as well as the interdependence of places, people and power. Geography’s interdisciplinary strands are economic, scientific and political. It is a course for those with a natural curiosity equipping you with a rigorous and varied skill set.
Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two: 2A: Glaciated Landscapes and Change or 2B: Coastal Landscapes and Change, The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy.
Globalisation, Shaping Places – including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two: 4A Regenerating Places or 4B Diverse Places, Superpowers, Global Development and Connections – including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two: Health, Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.
The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory content areas: Players, Attitudes and actions, Futures and uncertainties.
Paper 1: Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes; 30% of the qualification
Paper 2: Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes; 30% of the qualification
Paper 3: Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes; 20% of the qualification
Coursework 20% of the qualification – A written independent investigation of 3000–4000 words.
Entry requirement for Geography A level is a Grade 6 at GCSE Geography. If students have not taken Geography at GCSE a Grade 6 in Maths and English Language is required. The course demands good essay writing skills and mathematical aptitude. You will be set independent learning tasks every week and will also be expected to carry out a large amount of self-study. This will include; keeping abreast of geographical issues in the news, as well as academic books, journals and websites on the subject.
Examination Board: Edexcel. Course Number: 9GE01