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Geography *FEES PAYABLE* at Canford School

Course description

The course at both AS and A level is equally divided between the study of the physical and the human environment and, at both levels, there is an emphasis on the management of the environment by man.


At AS level, physical topics are:
- Rivers, flood and management and either;
- Coastal environments: landforms, coastal flooding and its management.
- Cold Environments: Landforms and management. (optional)
And human topics are:
- Population change: social, economic and political implications of population change.
- Health issues: health in a global context, diseases of affluence, malaria and HIV/Aids.

At A2 level, there are more detailed studies of contemporary geographical issues. These have their origin in both the human or economic environment and in the physical world.

Physical topics are:
- Plate tectonics and associated hazards: vulcanicity, seismicity, landslides and the differing effect of these hazards on countries at different levels of economic development.
- Climatic hazards: tropical storms, global climate change, urban microclimate.

Human topics are:
" World Cities " evolution or revolution? Contemporary changes such as re-urbanisation, city centre redevelopment, issues of pollution and sustainability.
- Contemporary conflicts and challenges: the geographic basis of conflict.

The acquisition of geographical skills is an integral part of the course at both
AS and A level, and several off-campus fieldwork investigations involving the collection of primary data will take place. Investigative, cartographic,
graphical, ICT and statistical skills will be studied and applied in order to collect, interpret and analyse information. As part of their assessment, candidates will also undertake an issue evaluation exercise based on a range of data and resources provided in advance. This demands the development of a range of geographical skills, knowledge and understanding. It is an exercise in evaluation, in carrying out further research, recognising and defining issues and recommending ways of managing them.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 May 2015
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Key information

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

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