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Geography A Level at Pimlico Academy

Course description

This course is designed to address key ideas and debates in our world today, such as climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration and management of the world’s resources. Students will explore a range of issues and examine potential solutions. The skills developed in Geography support a range of subjects.

Course content

AS

Unit 1: Global Challenges (30%)
World at Risk: Hazards and global warming.
What are the impacts of climate change?
Should we be concerned?
Going Global: Impact of economic changes on population and migration
What are the consequences of globalisation? Are the rich becoming richer and the poor becoming poorer? So what...?
Examination: 1h30m exam made up of 6 sets of short answer questions (similar to a GCSE paper) and 2 essays.

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations (20%) Practical fieldwork outside of the classroom to investigate one physical and one human topic: Physical: Crowded coasts. Human: Re-branding places. Examination: 1h15m exam, writing up aspects of the fieldwork in an essay style.

A2

Unit 3: Contested Planet (30%)
Focus on use and management of resources, and issues arising from this:
- Energy Security
- Water conflicts
- Biodiversity under threat
- Superpower geographies
- Bridging the development gap
- The technological fix

Examination: 2h30m exam answering 7 analytical/evaluative essay questions.

Unit 4: Geographical Research (20%)
Independent research into ‘Life on the margins: the food supply problem’.

This is great preparation for independent study at university level.

Examination: 1h30m exam answering one long report style essay based on a pre-release focus.

Entry requirements

Students must achieve grade B or above in Geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Pimlico Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 April 2017
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