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Geography AS & A Level
What will I learn on the course?

What factors influence people and our natural
environment?

What are the economic forces that drive the
world economy?

What decisions are being made about the use
and management of resources?

An appreciation of current events and world
problems.

Fieldwork Skills.
What kind of student is this course
for?
Those students who: 
have an interest and concern for
the environment.

are interested in current affairs.

enjoy a subject that is relevant to
your own lives and experiences.

want the opportunity to carry out
practical work outdoors as well as
class work.

want to link both the `sciences’ with
the `humanities’.
AS Geography
Unit 1: Physical Environment
 Plate Tectonics and Continental Drift,
Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Weathering
and Rocks, Management Issues.
 Hydrological
Cycle, Rivers, River
Management.
 Coastal Landscapes, Sea Level
Change, Coastal Ecosystems,
Coastal Management.
Unit 2 : Human Environments

Distribution of World’s Population,
World Population Change and
Government Influences.

Settlements,
Land use Changes,
Government
Influences.

Migration, Push & Pull
factors, Government
Policies.
Unit 3: Fieldwork Investigation - Applied
Skills Exam

Field Trip to Cyprus to study both human and
physical geography.

Enquiry based. Pupils collect data, analyse it and
test a hypothesis or solve a problem.
A/S Assessment

Physical Environments Unit 1: 1 ¼ hours. Six
structured questions, two on each topic.
Students do 3, one on each topic.

Human Environments Unit 2: 1 ¼ hours. Six
structured questions, two on each topic.
Students do 3, one from each topic.

Applied Geographical Skills Unit 3: 1 ½ hours.
Two compulsory questions. First gives
information about an unfamiliar area and asks
you to write about fieldwork that could be
done in the area. Second will ask you to write
about your own fieldwork experiences.
Advanced GCE Geography
Unit 4 Physical Systems, Processes and
Patterns
Earths
Atmosphere, Global
Movements of Air
and Weather
Systems and how
people influence
Weather and
Climate.
Upland, Lowland,
Fluvial Glaciation
and
Periglaciation;
Human Impacts
in and around
Glaciers.
Ecosystems, soil
formation and
Human Impacts
on them.
Unit 5: Human Systems, Processes and
Patterns
 Industrial
Location; Changing
World Employment
Patterns;
Globalisation;
Pollution.
 Urbanisation;
Food Production;
Rural/Urban
Interdependence;
Change in
rural/Urban
Environments.
 World
Development;
Trade and
Aid.
Unit 6: Synoptic - People and their
Environments

Draws together many ideas learnt from the whole 2
year course in a knowledge and skills paper.

You will be tested on your ability to show that you
understand the links and connections between
different parts of the course.
Advanced Assessment

Physical Systems, Processes and Patterns Unit 4:
1 ½ hours. There are six structured essays, two on each of
the topics covered. You must choose 2, on two different
topics.

Human Systems, Processes and Patterns Unit 5:
1 ½ hours. There are six structured essays, two on each
of the topics covered. You must choose 2, on two
different topics.

Synoptic Paper Unit 6:
1. Information about an unfamiliar situation is given. You are
asked to use the skills and knowledge learnt to answer
structured questions.
2. Four essay titles are given. You must choose 1.
What skills do I develop during this
course?

Communication

Literacy

Numeracy

ICT

Problem Solving

Group Work

Field Work
What could I do at the end of my course?

You learn many transferable skills relevant for
work and education.

Science: Engineering, Psychology, Environmental
Science, Oceanography, Geology, ICT.

Humanities: Business, Law, Media, Politics
and Philosophy, Travel and Tourism,
Accounting, Journalism.

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