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Geography at Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

Who would suit or enjoy the course?

Geography would be an excellent subject for students who have an interest in current world issues, and a genuine interest in the unpredictable world in which we live. It will improve your analytical skills as well as being able to look at several viewpoints in reaching valid conclusions with all topics studied. It will also greatly enhance your essay and report writing skills. What is the structure of the modules and methods of assessment?


Unit 1: Global Challenges (120/200 AS UMS points) The meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges. How we can influence global challenges through our own lives. Topic 1: World at Risk - Hazards and Global Warming. Topic 2: Going Global – Globalisation and Population and Migration. Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minute examination in two sections. Section A: Short data response and short-answer questions, similar to GCSE questions. Section B: One essay questions worth 25 marks.


Unit 2: Geographical Investigations (80/200 AS UMS points) A closer look at how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed. Fieldwork plays an integral part of this module. Topic 1: Crowded Coasts reveals how increasing development is testing our ability to manage these valued environments. Topic 2: Rebranding Places focuses on how we need to re-image and regenerate rural and urban places, using appropriate strategies. Assessment: 1 hour 15 minute examination in two sections. The paper will consist of data response, case-study and practical fieldwork questions.


Unit 3: Contested Planet (120/200 A2 UMS points) A thorough investigation of the big issues facing the world today and how these issues can be managed. Topic 1: The Development Gap – What is it, what is its impact and how can it be reduced? Topic 2: Superpowers Geography – Who are the world’s new superpowers and what effect is this having on the world today? Topic 3: The Technological Fix – How can technology help to solve some of the big issues facing the world today Topic 4: Energy Security – Examining tensions between those with and without a reliable source of energy, what is the potential for conflict? Topic 5: Water Conflicts – The conflict between those who have water and those who do not, what can be done regarding this basic human need? Topic 6: Biodiversity under threat: Examining the pressure placed on our environment by economic development. Assessment: 2 hour and 30 minute examination in two sections. Section A will examine 5 out of the 6 topics where candidates answer two essay style questions. Section B is a synoptic question based on all 6 topics where candidates get the opportunity to show the extent of their geographical knowledge.


Unit 4: Geographical research (80/120 A2 UMS points) Students research tectonic hazards – Landforms created, causes, consequences and management of these hazards. Assessment: Students undertake a 1 hour and 30 minute examination where they will write a report on a topic provided by the exam board. This will not only test student’s knowledge but also their research skills and how well they can evaluate the research they have carried out together with reaching valid conclusions.

Entry requirements

5A*-C GCSEs with minimum B in subject of choice

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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