Geography A Level at Walker Technology College
Why study this course?
Geography encompasses a diverse range of fascinating topics whichallow us to understand the world and the people in it and why they are this way. Geography has something for everyone, being composed of distinct two disciplines: human geography (the study of people) and physical geography (the study of the environment).
It not only covers a broad range of interesting content but this course will allow you to develop many crucial skills in information collection (primary and secondary research), data analysis and presentation, essay and report writing, independent study and group work. These skills will prepare you for the next stage of study and many are recognised as essential by industry if you choose to enter employment after sixth form studies.
Geography is complimentary to a range of other disciplines such as History, Sociology, Psychology and Biology.
What topics will I learn about?
Over the two year course, you will cover four units, all of which have a physical and human geography element.
Unit 1, Global Challenges, investigates the meaning, causes, impacts and management of the global challenges we face. There are two units, one covers ‘The World atRisk’, a study of hazards around the globe and how people interact and often exacerbate these. The second unit, ‘Going Global’, is an insight into our increasingly connected world and the relationships between the people and processes which create it.
Unit 2, Geographical Investigations,allows for a closer look at how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed through two topics. ‘Crowded Coasts’reveals how increasing development is testing our ability to manage valued coastal environments. ‘Rebranding Places’ focuses on how we need to re-image and regenerate ruraland urban places, using appropriate strategies. Both of these units have a core theme of sustainability, one of the UK’s biggest growth industries.
Unit 3, Contested Planet, focuses on the use and management of resources as a key issue for geography in today’s world. Across six topics, consumption patterns are studied highlighting major inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. Many resources are running out and rising resource use means that difficult decisions will have to be made. Topics include: Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity under Threat, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap and The Technological Fix.
Unit 4, Geographical Research, is a research based topic investigating a choice of topics includingTectonic Activity and Hazards, Cold Environments (Landscapes and Change), Life on the Margins(the Food Supply Problem), The World of Cultural Diversity,Pollution and Human Health at Risk and Consuming the Rural Landscape (Leisure and Tourism). Report writing is the main skill developed within this topic.
You will need to have at least a Grade B in Maths, English and Geography to study this course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walker Technology College directly.