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Geography at Derby High School

Course description

This course follows on logically from our AQA GCSE course, developing familiar areas and introducing new areas of study.It is a clearly organised and broadly based course which will meet the needs of geographers with both science and social science interests.It places a strong emphasis on fieldwork, which is assessed through exam units rather than a written project. Therefore all candidates are required to participate in fieldtrips, which may take place out of school time. The exact nature of fieldwork will depend on the size of the group. In some years L6 attend a residential fieldtrip which covers both AS and A2 work. If the AS group is smaller we hold day trips. A shorter day trip is held in U6 for more A2 work. (Students will be required to pay for fieldwork excursions, for guidance: residential trip in 2012 cost £249).. SUMMARY OF COURSEAS Study Themes Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography Unit 2: Applied Geography . A2 Study Themes Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues Unit 4A: Geography fieldwork investigation MODULE CONTENTAS Study ThemesUnit 1Core physical content - Rivers, floods and their management. Hydrology, channel processes, the flood hazard and alternative flood management strategies. Core human content - Population Change Causes of population change, differing population structures, social, economic and political implications of population changes, migration.Physical option - Coastal EnvironmentsCoastal processes, landforms of erosion and deposition, sea level change, coastal flooding, evaluating types of coastal defences. Human option- Food Supply IssuesGlobal patterns of food supply and demand, geopolitics of food, alternative food production systems, managing food supply, changing demands including the growth of organic farming and local sourcing, the role of trans-nationals and environmental impacts of global trade. . Unit 2Geographical skills will be taught as an integral part of the topics covered in unit 1. The exam questions for this unit will be on either the core physical or human content covered during the year.Group fieldwork will take place within the AS course. The fieldwork skills developed will be tested in this unit. . A2 Study ThemesUnit 3*Plate tectonics and associated hazards Plate margins and associated characteristics, extrusive and intrusive volcanic activity, geysers and hot springs, causes and characteristics of earthquakes and tsunamis, impact and management of the hazards. *Ecosystems: Change and Challenge Succession, climatic climax, tropical regions, development issues and human impact on fragile environments.*World Cities Millionaire and mega cities, urbanisation, suburbanisation, counter-urbanisation, re-urbanisation, urban decline and regeneration, changes in retailing including out-of-town shopping centres and planning responses, waste management and transport issues in urban areas. . Unit 4AA personal fieldwork investigation of one geographical hypothesis, issue or problem, based on a group fieldtrip.Fieldwork data will be presented and analysed prior to a 1 hour 30 minute written exam based on this fieldwork.Statistical skills are tested within this unit.The fieldwork folder is not submitted to the exam board.

Entry requirements

Seven full GCSE passes (including English and Maths) at Grade B or above with at least a B in those subjects that the student wishes to study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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