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A Level Geography at Wadebridge School

Course description

Unit 1: Global Challenges
Topic 1: World at Risk looks at Global Hazards and Climate Change
Topic 2: Going Global looks at Globalisation, population and migration.

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations
Topic 1: Crowded Coasts looks at the human interaction with this pressurised zone. 
Topic 2: Rebranding places looks at the ways in which areas are re-imaged and regenerated.

This unit involves fieldwork and research techniques.

Unit 3: Contested Planet
Topic 1: Energy Security
Topic 2: Water Conflicts
Topic 3: Biodiversity Under Threat
Topic 4: Superpower Geographies
Topic 5: Bridging the Development Gap
Topic 6: The Technological Fix

Unit 4: Geographical research
This unit looks at Rural Leisure and Tourism. Students are required to research the topic and are given a pre-release focus 4 weeks before the exam.

Entry requirements

Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria. 
Students need to be able and willing to undertake independent study beyond the classroom. 
Students should have an interest in global issues such as climate change, global hazards, globalisation, and the use of our world’s resources.
Students are also expected to attend the residential fieldwork to Wales in January (5 days) of Y12 and other locally arranged fieldwork days.


Independent Research assignments
Group work
Investigating Case Studies
Practice exam questions

Future opportunities

A-Level Geography compliments a range of other Level 3 subjects as it uses and develops a variety of skills.  Having a Geography A-level can be advantageous when applying for jobs in many sectors, such as environment and sustainability, physical systems, society, business, geographical techniques, development, global issues, travel, tourism, leisure and culture.  A-level Geography gives you a great knowledge into how things in the world function and work, on both a man-made and natural level. A huge range of universities require A-level Geography for their degree programmes, including Earth sciences, Geography, Geology, Archaeology, Oceanography, Leisure and Tourism, amongst others. Geography is also desirable for a number of other courses.  If you are wanting to take Geography at degree level you can opt for the physically based BSc in Geography or alternatively you can take a Ba in Geography that is mainly human based. Both of these courses cover human and physical contexts within the first year and there are options to be flexible and change between the two degrees at the first year.

Further information

Independent Study Time:

A successful Geography student will have an interest in the world around them. They will be interested in topical issues at a local, national and global scale. Reading books, watching the news, researching and discussing topical issues will supplement and reinforce the work covered in lessons. Although there is no coursework, homework will be set on a regular basis ranging from short tasks to extended research tasks. Being able to work independently, manage time and organise notes effectively are skills that need to be developed.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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