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Geography A Level at Guru Nanak Sikh Voluntary Aided Secondary School

Course description

The course has been designed to allow students to further their knowledge and understanding of physical, human and environmental geography as well as studying an integrated specialism. Fieldwork and research skills are a key feature. The subject overview is based on what would be studied across two years.

Course content

Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards Tectonic hazards – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and secondary hazards such as tsunamis.

Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change

Option 2.1: Glaciated Landscapes and Change Ice sheets and glaciers operate within a landscape system as glacial processes of erosion, transport and deposition combine with meteorological and climatological processes and interact with geological and lithological processes to produce distinctive landscapes.

Option 2.2: Coastal Landscapes and Change Coastal landscapes develop due to the interaction of winds, waves and currents as well as through the contribution of both terrestrial and offshore sources of sediment.

Topic 3: Globalisation
Globalisation and global interdependence continue to accelerate, resulting in changing opportunities for businesses and people.

Topic 4: Shaping Places
Local places vary economically and socially with change driven by local, national and global processes.

Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
The water cycle operates at a variety of spatial scales and also at short and long term timescales, from global to local.

Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
A balanced carbon cycle is important in maintaining planetary health.

Topic 7: Climate Change
Futures Climate and climate change provide a context for developing an understanding of the links between the water

Topic 8: Superpowers
Superpowers can be developed by a number of characteristics; the pattern of dominance has changed over time.

Topic 9: Global Development and Connections

Option 9.1: Health, Human Rights and Intervention
Traditional definitions of development are based largely on economic measures but have been increasingly challenged with both human health and human rights being seen as significant measures of the progress of a society.

Option 9.2: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
Globalisation involves movements of capital, goods and people challenging dominant models of economic.

Coursework: Independent Investigation
Students are required to undertake an independent investigation that involves fieldwork and a written report of 3000–4000 words, including own research and secondary data. The student defines a question or issue relating to the compulsory or optional content.

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE Geography

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Guru Nanak Sikh Voluntary Aided Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2017

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