Geography

Whether you’ve studied it at GCSE or not, Geography is a good general subject and keeps your future options open. We cover a wide range of topics and teach a number of skills that make our students highly desirable for universities and employers.

As a geography student, you will learn about some of the contemporary issues that our society faces in the 21st century such as environmental sustainability, the consequences of plastic waste and climate change.

Over the two years, you will study both human and physical geography topics and also complete an individual investigation into your chosen area of research. Our studies of the natural environment include tectonics, coasts, water security and energy issues. The human geography topics include globalisation, regenerating places, superpowers and migration. A Geography A-level ensures you leave with a greater understanding of the world we live in. All students complete a compulsory individual investigation and can research into either an aspect of the natural world, human world or how the two interact. It is opportunity for you to learn more about the part of Geography you love.

There are a minimum of four fieldwork days to be completed across the two years so it is a great opportunity for you to study outside of the classroom and gain practical skills. Recent visits have included locations such as Liverpool, Llandudno and Sefton Dunes. In addition, Geography students have also benefitted from conservation expeditions to Indonesia, Iceland, Honduras and, most recently, Mexico.

Many of our students continue their studies in Higher Education. Some study Geography by itself or combine it with another subject as a joint honours degree. Others study a Geography related course such as Environmental Management, American Studies or Town Planning. The list is almost endless. Whatever your chosen path after A levels, Geography will provide you with opportunities to develop those all-important key skills that are appreciated by universities and employers.

Physical Geography – Exam Paper –  30% of marks

Human Geography – Exam Paper –  30% of marks

Synoptic Paper – 20% of marks

Independent Investigation – 20% of marks

 

Summary 

Physical Geography

Tectonic Processes and Hazards; Dynamic Places: Coastal Landscapes and Change; The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity; The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Human Geography

Globalisation; Shaping Places: Regenerating Places; Superpowers; Globalisation

Synoptic Paper

Players; Attitudes and Actions; Futures and Uncertainties

Independent Investigation

Towards the end of year 12 students will complete their individual investigation, which is worth the final 20% of their grade. This is an independent piece of research into their chosen topic.

 

 

 

Students should review their GCSE  Geography notes . If students have not studied Geography at GCSE, BBC Bitesize is a great website to gain an overview of the topics. We try to use relevant, contemporary case studies where possible so students should keep an eye on the news for any stories that may help them.

Study Level

A Level

Exam Board

Edexcel

Contact Details

April Camm

Second in Department

camm_a@sjd.ac.uk