This course addresses the more modern elements of geographical thinking and is rooted in researching and monitoring the events, patterns and phenomena affecting the world as we know it. Topics include glacial systems and landscapes, global systems and governance, geographical hazards and threats, plate tectonics, weather and climate, development and globalisation and contemporary conflict and change.
Students will sit two written exams, each two and a half hours long and each worth 40% of the A Level (120 marks). In addition, students will complete an Individual Investigation of 3000-4000 words (60 marks, 20% of the A Level), which must include data collected in the field. This will be marked by teachers, moderated by AQA and completed towards the end of Year 12.
5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 in Maths and a 5 in English. A grade 5 is required if studied at GCSE.
With a broad range of topics, which address current global trends and significant environmental and global issues, this subject offers candidates an opportunity to develop a real understanding of global perspectives, decision-making and nature at large. This is useful for anyone interested in the sciences, politics, economics or even travel and tourism. Our fieldwork requires students to undertake real-life geographical research and will reward students with skills in presenting data and drawing logical, principled and scientific conclusions.