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Geography A Level at Gordano School

Course description

Geography is a BIG subject and at A level you will dig deeper into the issues that
face our planet in the 21st Century. If you are interested in the world around you, how
it was created, the changes it goes through and the pressures placed on it, Geography would be a very rewarding subject to study.

Course content

Core Human Geography:
1. A case study of two contrasting places at a local scale (for example two cities in different parts of the world)
2. An extended study of either Trade or Migration.
3. An option module of Human Rights whereby you will examine and analyse the experiences that different groups of people have and how this depends on their geographic location or Power and Borders which involves analysing the role of different political units (eg the UN) in managing different conflicts.

Core Physical Geography:
1. Water and carbon cycles and their links.
2. A case study of tropical rainforests and Arctic tundra to look at the physical differences and the human impacts that challenge their survival.
3. An extended study of either Coasts or Glaciation.

Geographical Debates Module:
This unit involves the analysis of two additional topics, in depth. You will be expected to discuss issues arising from these issues and debate the best solutions.

Possible topics include: Climate Change, Disease Dilemmas, exploring Oceans, future of food or Hazardous Earth. Two of the above options will be selected – We would be keen to know your choices to help us decide.

An Independent Investigation:
In this unit you will have selected your own personal geographic investigation from an area of the course that has interested you. You will use your time to create a 4000 word report that showcases your research, presentation and analytical skills.
Enhancement –We have a variety of events you can partake in that range from university lectures to a “ Gordano Geography Bake-off”

Future opportunities

Students may progress to a university degree in Geography or related subjects such as Environmental Studies and Geology. Geography graduates are very employable due to their wide range of skills and often find themselves in a broad range of professions including surveying, transport management, education, landscape architecture, development companies and the travel and tourism industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 January 2017

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