Geography - A Level at The St Marylebone CE School
The course is split into four areas of study at A Level, which is taught over Year 12 and 13.
Students are assessed by completing coursework in Year 12 related to their field trip and three exam papers at the end of Year 13, which draw on content from the following areas of study:
Area of Study 1: Dynamic Landscapes.
Tectonic Processes and Hazards and a choice of either Glaciated or Coastal Landscapes.
This area of study looks at hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes and secondary hazards such tsunamis and how they represent a significant risk in some parts of the world. An in-depth look at either glacial or coastal processes also enables students to gain an in depth understanding into how these landscapes are formed and how humans present a range of threats to these environments. Students are encouraged to think critically about how we can adapt to these threats and manage them in the future.
Area of Study 2: Dynamic Places.
Globalisation and Regenerating Places.
This area of study focuses on the concept of globalisation, looking at how it has influenced the world’s economy and how as a planet, we are becoming increasingly interconnected. Students will also examine how both urban and rural areas have been regenerated and rebranded.
This area of study includes a residential fieldwork investigation (currently Barcelona, Spain). Details of the residential trip are subject to change – final details will be announced in September 2016)
Area of Study 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability.
The Water Cycle & Water Insecurity, the Carbon Cycle and Energy Security, Climate Change.
With the global population continuing to grow rapidly, pressure on key resources such as water and energy are of increasing concern. Managing these resources and developing sustainable solutions to the issue of water insecurity and providing enough energy to sustain our standard of living are of real importance. Students also develop an in depth understanding of Climate Change in this area of study, as a central concept to understanding human impact on these natural cycles.
Area of Study 4: Human Systems and Geopolitics.
Superpowers and Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.
In Area of Study 4, students are given the opportunity to explore contemporary human issues. Analysis and evaluation skills are further developed, as students investigate the impact of global shifts in power and dominance. As emerging superpowers such as China and India increasingly influence the global economy and politics, students are able to understand the role of these superpowers in shaping our everyday lives. The challenges of migration are also explored, giving students the opportunity to debate and discuss the significance of migration and how this is changing our ideas and attitudes about national identity and who we are in the 21st century.
Grade B in Geography GCSE a 6 grade in English Language or Literature GCSE.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The St Marylebone CE School directly.