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Geography

Key Stage 5 GEOGRAPHY 

In Year 12, students are taught Hazards, Coastal Environments, Contemporary Urban Environments and Changing Places topics. In Year 13, students will then focus on Global Systems and Global Governance as well as the Water and Carbon Cycle. In their final year, students will also complete their individual piece of fieldwork. The exam board at A Level is AQA.

Year 12 

  • Contemporary Urban Environments - This unit looks at the how a greater proportion of the population are living in towns and cities and what issues that creates for both high- and low-income countries. Additionally, students will learn how these areas can be managed sustainably.
  • Changing Places - This unit focuses on people's engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives. Students acknowledge this importance and engage with how places are known and experienced, how their character is appreciated, the factors and processes which impact upon places and how they change and develop over time.
  • Hazards – This unit discusses the theory of plate tectonics, and investigation of a variety of hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms and wild fires, the impacts on the local population and how people try and manage these events.  
  • Coastal Environments - This section of the specification focuses on coastal zones, which are dynamic environments in which landscapes develop by the interaction of winds, waves, currents and terrestrial and marine sediments. Student engagement with subject content fosters an informed appreciation of the beauty and diversity of coasts and their importance as human habitats.

Year 13  

  • Water and Carbon Cycle – This unit analyses systems in physical geography, as well as the concepts and their application to the water and carbon cycles inputs – outputs, energy, stores/components, flows/transfers, positive/negative feedback, dynamic equilibrium.
  • Global Governance and Global Systems – Students discover the impact of globalisation on people in the world today and how the world can be governed. Antarctica is studied as a global governance case study.
  • Coursework – Each student completes an individual piece of coursework of their choice which is worth 20% of final marks.