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Geography A Level at The Grange School

Course description

Geography embraces a variety of approaches to the examination of issues and questions associated with the spatial organisation of society. It is a major vehicle in stimulating an appreciation of the modern world and of World Citizenship.

Course content

Theme 1 Dynamic Landscapes Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards Tectonic processes, a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards. Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change An integrated study of processes, landforms and landscapes. A study of one landscape system and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space. Choose one from: • Option 2.1: Glacial landscapes and change • Option 2.2: Coastal landscapes and change Theme 2 Dynamic Places Topic 3: Globalisation A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places. Topic 4: Shaping Places A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to different places and the consequences for different people. Choose one from: • Option 4.1: Regenerating Places • Option 4.2: Diverse Places Theme 3 Physical Systems and Sustainability Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity Water cycle, human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts. Topic 6: The Carbon cycle and Energy Security Carbon cycle, human and natural factors impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies. Topic 7: Climate Change Futures Exploring the links between the carbon and water cycles through climate change. Theme 4 Human Systems and Geopolitics Topic 8: Superpowers Superpowers, the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons. Topic 9: Global Development and Connections Choose one : • Option 9.1: Health, Human Rights and Intervention • Option 9.2: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.

Entry requirements

You will need to have gained at least 5 GCSE subjects at grade C or above, with at least a B grade in Geography. If you have not studied Geography previously, acceptance onto the course will be at the discretion of the subject leader. Students should have a keen interest in exploring such relevant topics as natural disasters, climate change, rich/poor divide, globalisation and biodiversity. Students should also have a keen interest in current affairs, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.


Paper 1- Theme 1 and Theme 3. Worth 90 marks. 30% of the total qualification. Paper 2- Theme 2 and Theme 4. Worth 90 marks. 30% of the total qualification. Paper 3- Synoptic investigation of a geographical issue. Worth 60 marks. 20% of the total qualification. Coursework- Independent investigation based on fieldwork. Worth 60 marks. 20% of the total qualification.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Grange School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years