Key Stage 5
Students who enjoy Geography can stay on in the Sixth Form to study A Level Geography. Geography will appeal to those students who have an interest in and concern for the environment, and who are interested in current affairs. Students will learn about many contrasting places and events around the world; they should enjoy finding out their own answers – not just being told them! Geography enables students to develop a range of transferable skills, such as, problem solving, fieldwork, ICT, working with others, analysing data, communication, etc. These skills are in demand and are recognised by employers and universities as being of great value. Students will be expected to engage fully during lessons; participating in discussion and completing written tasks to the highest possible standard. Students will complete a minimum of four hours of work each week outside of the classroom (e.g. homework, independent research, reading over notes). Students will also be expected to attend a residential field trip to North Norfolk where they will practise fieldwork techniques to help them prepare for the exams.
Students follow the Edexcel A Level Geography course (9GEO):
Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Why are some locations more at risk from tectonic hazards?
Why do some tectonic hazards develop into disasters?
How successful is the management of tectonic hazards and disasters?
Topic 2: Coastal Landscapes and Change
Why are coastal landscapes different and what processes cause these differences?
How do coastal landforms contribute to coastal landscapes?
How do coastal erosion and sea-level change alter the physical characteristics of coastlines and increase risks?
How can coastlines be managed to meet the needs of all players?
Topic 3: Globalisation
What are the causes of globalisation and why has it accelerated in recent decades?
What are the impacts of globalisation for countries, different groups of people and cultures?
What are the consequences of globalisation for global development and how should different players respond to its challenges?
Topic 4: Regenerating Places
How and why do places vary?
Why might regeneration be needed?
How is regeneration managed?
How successful is regeneration?
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
What are the processes operating within the hydrological cycle from global to local scale?
What factors influence the hydrological system over short and long term timescales?
How does water insecurity occur and why is it becoming such a global issue for the 21st century?
Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
How does the carbon cycle operate to maintain planetary health?
What are the consequences for people and the environment of our increasing demand for energy?
How are the carbon and water cycles linked to the global climate system?
Topic 7: Superpowers
What are superpowers and how have they changed over time?
What are the impacts of superpowers on the global economy, political systems and the physical environment?
What spheres of influence are contested by superpowers and what are the implications of this?
Topic 8: Health, Human Rights and Intervention
What is human development and why do levels vary from place to place?
Why do human rights vary from place to place?
How are human rights used as arguments for political and military intervention?
What are the outcomes of geopolitical interventions in terms of human development and human rights?
There are three examinations at the end of Year 13 (each lasting for 2 hours 15 minutes). Students will also complete an Independent Investigation (a written report of approximately 3,000 words based upon primary fieldwork).