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Geography A Level at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr

Course description

Geographic themes are often in the headlines – possibly due to the latest natural disaster to hit our planet, or problems that arise due to migration patterns or even the constant battle to match population and resources. These are just a few of the numerous topics that arise.

The geography AS/ A2 course deals with such issues and many more in a way which allows pupils to develop what are regarded as key skills. By studying geography pupils can extend their horizons and learn of various global viewpoints. By following the course pupils will learn to understand the dynamic nature of the subject and hence the dynamic nature of our planet – the pupils will then appreciate some of the problems facing the human race in the twenty first century.

Course content

Advanced Subsidiary (AS)
Module 1: This unit is split into two key issues.
(i) The study of location effect and human response to plate tectonics. River basin landforms, floods and their effect on humans.
(ii) Global Warming – causes, effects and strategies to minimise impacts.

Module 2: Once again the unit is divided into two key issues.
(i) A study into the dynamics of population change.
(ii) Rural change with particular attention paid to counterurbanization. We will be studying the challenges facing our cities today.

Practical geographic skills will be included in the schemes of work.

Advanced Level (A2)

Module 3:The two key issues studied are . . .
(i) Climactic dangers.
(ii) China – the emerging economic powerhouse.

Module 4: This is the synoptic module. The concept under consideration is ' Sustainable Development'. This concept is studied through
(i) food supply
(ii) water supply
(iii) energy supply and
(iv) the urban environment.


Geography offers a multitude of opportunities for pupils to develop their skills. Examples of some of these tasks are . . . Communication – a presentation on population policies across the world. Numeracy – the interpretation of census data in a counterurbanisation study. I.C.T. – the search of, and selection of relevant information on the internet.

During year 12 the pupils will sit two exams in the modules noted above and in year 13 pupils will sit exams in modules 3 and 4.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2015

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