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A Level Geography at Ruislip High School

Course description

Geography A-Level is taught by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic specialist teachers. We follow the Edexcel Geography A-Level syllabus.

The study of Geography has never been more relevant than it is today. You willl learn about some of the key issues facing our world that we read about in the papers, such as exponential world population growth, immigration, more frequent extreme weather, and conflicts over energy and water supplies.

The subject is broadly split into two areas: Human Geography and Physical Geography. Human Geography deals with how people and the environment interact. It also looks at how people and groups move and live in the world around us. Physical Geography on the other hand is all about the scientific aspects of our world, with an emphasis on how we can manage them. However, at A-Level there is a strong synoptic element to the course, where students are expected to make links between all the topics studied to answer questions in depth.

Course content

The Edexcel syllabus has been developed in consultation with the Royal Geographical Society and the Geographical Association. It encourages independent study, giving students the skills that employers and universities look for.

Year 12 AS Programme of Study

Unit 1: Global Challenges. Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minutes exam. 60% of AS Level.

Topic 1: World at Risk - What are the main types of physical risk facing the world today?

Topic 2: Going Global - What is globalisation and how is it changing people’s lives?

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations. Assessment: 1 hour and 15 minutes exam. 40% of AS Level.

Topic 1: Rebranding Places - What is rebranding and why is it needed in some places more than others?

Topic 2: Crowded Coasts - Why is the coastal zone so favoured for development and what are the issues surrounding this?

Year 13 A2 Programme of Study

Unit 3: Contested Planet. Assessment: 2 hours and 30 minutes exam. 60% of A2 Level.

Six compulsory study units:

- Energy Security

- Water Conflicts

- Biodiversity Under Threat

- Superpower Geographies

- Bridging the Development Gap

- The Technological Fix?

Unit 4: Geographical Research. Assessment: 1 hour and 30 minutes exam. 40% of A2 Level.

Students select from one of the following research options:

- Tectonic activity and hazards.

- Cold environments: landscapes and change.

- Life on the margins: the food supply problem.

- The world of cultural diversity.

- Population and human health at risk.

- Consuming the rural landscape: Leisure and tourism.


Unit 1 Global Challenges: 1 hour and 30 minutes exam, 30% of A Level.
Unit 2 Geographical Investigations: 1 hour and 15 minutes exam, 20% of A Level.
Unit 3 Contested Planet: 2 hours and 30 minutes exam, 30% of A Level.
Unit 4 Geographical Research: 1 hour and 30 minutes exam, 20% of A Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ruislip High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015

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