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Geography A Level at Withernsea High School Specialising In Humanities

Course description

Year 12 (Lower Sixth) Lessons


Human Geo­graphy

Unit 1 - Pop­u­la­tion Change


Pop­u­la­tion 1: Con­trast­ing Res­id­en­tial Areas

Pop­u­la­tion 2: Pop­u­la­tion Meas­ures

Pop­u­la­tion 3: Pop­u­la­tion Growth and struc­ture

Pop­u­la­tion 4: Pop­u­la­tion The­or­ies

Pop­u­la­tion 5: Mi­gra­tion

Unit 2 - En­ergy

En­ergy 1: En­ergy Gen­er­a­tion

En­ergy 2: En­ergy Trade

En­ergy 3: En­ergy and En­vir­on­ment

En­ergy 4: En­ergy Al­tern­at­ives

En­ergy 5: En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency

En­ergy 6: Coun­try Com­pair­sons


Phys­ical Geo­graphy

Topic 1: Rivers, floods and man­age­ment


The drain­age basin hy­dro­lo­gical cycle.

Factors af­fect­ing river dis­charge.

The long pro­file and val­ley pro­files .

Chan­ging chan­nel char­ac­ter­ist­ics.

Land­forms of flu­vial erosion and de­pos­ition.

Mag­nitude-fre­quency ana­lysis of flood risk.

Phys­ical and human causes of flood­ing.

Im­pact of flood­ing and flood man­age­ment strategies.

Topic 2: Coastal en­vir­on­ments

The coastal sys­tem.

Coastal pro­cesses.

Land­forms of erosion, plus case stud­ies.

Sea level change.

Case study of coastal flood­ing.

Coastal pro­tec­tion and man­age­ment.

Strategies – hard en­gin­eer­ing and soft 

Year 13 (Upper Sixth) Lessons


Human Geo­graphy

Unit 3 - Urban Is­sues


Theme 1:   World Urban Growth

Theme 2:   Slum Trans­ition in LEDCs

Theme 3:   Urban Pop­u­la­tion Change

Theme 4:   Urban Depriva­tion

Theme 5a: Re­tail Trends

Theme 5b: Busi­ness re­gen­er­a­tion

Theme 6:   Waste Man­age­ment

Theme 7:   Urban Traffic Man­age­ment


Phys­ical Geo­graphy

Topic 1, Op­tion 1: Plate Tec­ton­ics and 
As­so­ci­ated Haz­ards


Plate move­ment

Earth struc­ture, plate tec­ton­ics the­ory.

Pro­cesses of seis­mi­city and vul­can­i­city.

As­so­ci­ated land­forms

Hot spots as­so­ci­ated with plumes of magma.


Vari­ations in the type and fre­quency of vol­canic activ­ity in re­la­tion to types of plate mar­gin and types of lava.

Forms of in­trus­ive activ­ity

Major forms of ex­trus­ive activ­ity – types of 


The causes and main char­ac­ter­ist­ics of 
earth­quakes: focus and epi­centre.

The causes and main char­ac­ter­ist­ics of 

Tsuna­mis – char­ac­ter­ist­ics and causes.

Topic 2: Weather and Cli­mate and 
As­so­ci­ated Haz­ards

Major cli­mate con­trols

The struc­ture of the at­mo­sphere, the 
at­mo­spheric heat budget, the gen­eral 
at­mo­spheric cir­cu­la­tion, plan­et­ary 
sur­face winds, lat­it­ude, oceanic 
cir­cu­la­tion and alti­tude.

The cli­mate of the Brit­ish Isles.

The cli­mate of one trop­ical re­gion (trop­ical wet/dry sa­vanna or mon­soon or equat­orial).

Cli­mate on a local scale: urban cli­mates.

Global cli­mate change.



At the end of Year 12 there are 2 exam papers:

Geog1: Physical & Human Geography ( 2hrs. 35% of full A level)
Physical Geography Core Unit : Rivers, floods & management. Option Unit: Coastal Environments
Human Geography Core Unit : Population change. Option Unit: Energy Issues

Geog2: Geographical Skills   (1 hr. 15% of full A level)
Skills and field work questions.

At the end of Year 13 there are 2 exam papers:

Geog3: Contemporary Geographical Issues  (2.5 hrs. 30% of full A level)
Physical Units: Plate Tectonics and Hazards     /   Atmosphere - Change and challenge
Human Units:  World Cities   /   Contemporary Conflicts and Challenges

Geog4A: Geography Fieldwork Investigation   (1.5 hrs. 20% of full A level)
Short and extended questions on the student's Fieldwork Investigation

Future opportunities

Geography is a well-respected A Level that is counted by some universities as a science. Degrees you could go on to do include conservation, ecology, geography (both human and physical), and environmental studies, although it is unlikely to count against you for any degree. Employers like it for all sorts of jobs because of the amount of transferable skills you will learn, you can work in groups, your math skills are likely to be adequate, you have analytical skills and you are up to date with current affairs as well as being world wise.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Withernsea High School Specialising In Humanities directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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