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Geography A Level at Blyth Academy

Course description

What will I study in Year 12?

Rivers ‐ this covers river features and processes before moving on to the world’s increasing problems with floods and their management. It uses lots of local and up‐to‐date case studies such as the Morpeth floods of 2008 as well as more global case studies such as The Three Gorges Dam in China.

Coasts ‐ this involves learning about coastal processes and features and about the problems and management of the world’s coasts. As with rivers we use local case studies such as coastal management in Newbiggin as well as more global issues such as rising sea levels.

Population Change – this module covers traditional population work such as population pyramids and the DT model. It also brings in all the controversial and topical issues relation to illegal immigration, human trafficking / smuggling, rich verses poor and how we share our world!

Health Issues ‐ this is one of the most fascinating and up‐to‐date bits of the course. It focuses on the world wide AIDS epidemic, the diseases of affluent people such as obesity and heart disease and how we can save our own population.

What will I study in Year 13?

Ecosystems – this unit covers both local ecosystems such as The Rising Sun Country Park in Newcastle and global ecosystems such as The Amazon.

Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef. It looks at the current condition of the ecosystems and at how they may be sustainably managed in the future.

Hazards – this unit looks at the theory of the earth’s structure before moving on to focus on hazard case studies from around the world.

Conflict – this is the newest and most up‐to‐date unit in the whole course. It focuses on local and global conflicts. Major global conflicts studied include The Arab Israeli conflict and Afghanistan.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

Students are required to achieve to achieve a B grade in GCSE Geography and a C in English .



Future opportunities

Geography is the most widely accepted A Level by any college, university or training course. This is because it covers up‐to‐date ‘current affairs’ and teaches you to have your own opinions and be aware of other people’s opinions and employers love it as a result. The only two degree courses which do not accept it at A2 are Veterinary and Medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blyth Academy directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015

Key information

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