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Geography at Dyson Perrins CofE Academy

Course description

Sixth Form Geography covers many of the topics that are on the television every day and discussed and argued about in local pubs and places of work. For example, what will be the impact of the 2012 Olympics in London? What are your thoughts about immigration? Is globalization a good thing or is everywhere becoming the same? Should we be doing more to tackle environmental issues like global warming and the destruction of tropical rain forests?


AS Level Units
Unit 1 -Global Challenges(Written exam - 60% of AS)
World at risk This is about the hazards facing our modern world: global warming, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, drought etc. What are the trends? What are the patterns? Going global This is about immigration, emigration, urbanization, mega-cities and globalization.
Unit 2-Geographical Investigations(Written exam - 40% of AS)
Re-branding this is about how places create a new image for themselves. For example, sporting events have helped to re-brand cities like Barcelona and Manchester; Cornwall has re branded through the development of attractions like the Eden Project, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant and the Surf Academy in Newquay. Students go on a field trip to Cardiff to see how the new Cardiff Bay development shopping centre is helping to re-brand the city. Crowded Coasts this is about how and why our seaside areas are being developed. Students visit Weston-Super-Mare to investigate the new coastal defenses and the new pier and sea front development.

A2 Units
Unit 3 - Contested Planet (60% of A2)
This unit covers 6 topics: Energy Security, Biodiversity Under Threat, Water Conflicts, Superpower Geogtaphies, Bridging the Development Gap and The Technological Fix. Students will need to understand and explain the greatest challenges and changes facing our planet today and identify ways of dealing with these issues.
Unit 4 - Geographical Research (Written exam - 40% of A2)
Cold Environments Where are they? Why are they cold? What are glaciers and how do they move? Glacial processes (erosion, transportation, deposition) and the land-folds they make. Why are they special? What arethe threats? What are the challenge of living there?

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for those students who achieved a C grade or above in GCSE Geography. The course might be suitable for those students who did not choose Geography at GCSE provided that they are prepared to do considerable amounts of extra background reading.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dyson Perrins CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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