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Why study Geography?

Geography is all around us, its study allows us to gain an understanding of the global issues that face us at the present time, and of our place as individuals within an increasingly complex world. If you have an enquiring mind and want to explore issues that matter, like globalisation, debt, environmental change, and management of the world’s resources then this is the course for you. Recent successes include two students who began studying Geography at Oxford in 2011.

What will I study?

AS Units

  • Unit 1: Global Challenges (60% of the total AS marks)
  • Content: The meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges. How can we influence global challenges through our own lives? We look in depth at the two topics of The World at Risk and Going Global.

Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute examination

  • Unit 2: Geographical Investigations (40% of the total AS marks)
  • Content: A look at how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed through the topics of: Extreme Weather (with its increasing ferocity and frequency, fascinates some people and threatens others); Crowded Coasts (reveals how increasing development is testing our ability to manage these valued environments; Unequal Spaces ( explores the causes and consequences of rural and urban disparities and how to manage them) and Rebranding Places ( focuses on how we need to re-image and regenerate rural and urban places, using appropriate strategies).

Assessment; 1 hour examination, this will involve assessment of field work skills and data analysis.

A2 Units

  • Unit 3: Contested Planet (60% of total A2 marks)
  • Content: The use and management of resources is a key issue for geography in today’s world. Consumption patterns highlight stark inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. Many resources are finite, and rising consumption means that difficult decisions over the use of resources will have to be taken more frequently. This will be taught through 6 topics: Energy Security; Water Conflicts; Biodiversity under Threat; Superpower Geographies; Bridging the Development Gap and the Technological Fix

Assessment: 2 hour and 30 minute examination

  • Unit 4: Geographical Research (40% of total A2 marks)
  • Content: Students will choose a topic of study from the following: Tectonic Activity and Hazards; Cold Environments; Landscapes and Change; Life on the Margins; the food supply problem; The World of Cultural Diversity; Pollution and Human Health at Risk or Consuming the Rural Landscape; Leisure and Tourism

Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute examination

How will I study?

Through seminars, discussions, presentations and individual work. Research will be carried out using books, periodicals & ICT. You will attend student conferences and carry out data collection and analysis through fieldwork.