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Geography A Level

Geography is a great choice of subject to study at a time of growing concern about climate change, shrinking energy resources and global poverty; it is one of the most relevant courses people could choose to study for our times.

Geography also gives a wealth of skills and knowledge that will be valuable for life beyond College and will open minds to endless career possibilities that may not have been considered. If you have enjoyed geography in the past you will love it at AV6!

+ Course details and future career paths

Through each of the varied topics, you will be asked to question the impact of humans on natural systems and to consider the importance of maintaining those natural systems for humans to survive. From discussing who holds ultimate power in a world of differing ideologies and changing economies, to discovering the power of super volcanoes and researching the methods used to manage them.

Year one:

Water and Carbon cycles
This section of our specification focuses on the major stores of water and carbon at or near the Earth’s surface and the dynamic cyclical relationships associated with them. These are major elements in the natural environment and understanding them is fundamental to many aspects of physical geography.

This focuses on the lithosphere and the atmosphere, which intermittently but regularly present natural hazards to human populations, often in dramatic and sometimes catastrophic fashion. By exploring the origin and nature of earthquakes, volcanoes, storms and fires and the various ways in which people respond to them, you will be able to engage with many dimensions of the relationships between people and the environments they occupy.

Changing places
This section focuses on people's engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives. You will engage with how places are known and experienced, how their character is appreciated, the factors and processes which impact upon places and how they change and develop over time. From this, you will gain insight into how your own life and those of others are affected by continuity and change in the nature of places.

Year two:

This section focuses on drylands which occur at all latitudes and are characterised by limited soil moisture caused by low precipitation and high evaporation. The focus is on hot deserts and their margins, where the operation of characteristic aeolian and episodic fluvial processes with their distinctive landscape outcomes are readily observable.

Global governance
This section focuses on globalisation – the economic, political and social changes associated with technological and other driving forces which have been a key feature of global economy and society in recent decades. Increased interdependence and transformed relationships between peoples, states and environments have prompted more or less successful attempts at a global level to manage and govern some aspects of human affairs. You will engage with important dimensions of these phenomena with particular emphasis on international trade and access to markets and the governance of the global commons.

People and the environment
This has been designed to explore the relationships between key aspects of physical geography and population numbers, population health and well-being, levels of economic development and the role and impact of the natural environment. Engaging with these themes at different scales fosters opportunities for you to contemplate the relationships between physical environment and human population and the relationships between people in their local, national and international communities.

Independent research project:
During the course you are required to undertake an independent investigation. This must incorporate a significant element of fieldwork. The fieldwork undertaken as part of the individual investigation may be based on either human or physical aspects of geography, or a combination of both. They may incorporate field data and/or evidence from field investigations collected individually or in groups. What is important is that you work on your own on contextualising, analysing and reporting on your work to produce an independent investigation with an individual title.

+ Progression

Geography is classed as a 'facilitating' A-level because of its academic rigour and the skills it arms students with, and as a consequence is often appreciated as 1 of the 3 A-levels that a graduate should have. The breadth that Geography offers makes it very desirable for a wide variety of careers, including environmental management, humanitarian and development work, engineering, architecture and town planning, journalism, law and business management and GIS applications (digital mapping).


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