The syllabus followed and outlined below is Edexcel. It is a very issues based course and focuses on topical issues that are currently in the news.
> Area of Study 1 Dynamic Landscapes – Students study Tectonic processes and Hazards and Coastal Landscapes
> Area of Study 2 Dynamic Places – Students study Globalisation and Regenerating Places
> Area of Study 3 Physical Systems and Sustainability – Students study The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity
> Area of Study 4 Human Systems and Geopolitics – Students study Superpowers and Global Development and Connections
Students are required to participate in four days of fieldwork.
Examination arrangements and weightings
> Paper 1 2 hour and 15 minute exam taken in June on Areas of Study 1 and 3. Weighting = 30%
> Paper 2 2 hour and 15 minute exam taken in June on Areas of Study 2 and 4. Weighting =30%
> Paper 3 2 hour and 15 minute examination taken in June. This is a synoptic investigation of a geographical issue. Weighting = 20%
> Paper 4 An independent Investigation. Non-Examined. Weighting = 20%
A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above which preferably should include Geography.
Recommended support materials and revision guides
At the start of the course students are encouraged to purchase textbooks written specifically for this syllabus, and subscribe to the Geography Review magazine. The library is well resourced with relevant books and journals. There will also be the opportunity to attend revision lectures. Students are encouraged to compile reference materials, read quality newspapers, watch and record appropriate documentaries. In addition, students are encouraged to read around each topic to further their geographical understanding.
Geography develops a range of skills and approaches, combining scientific principles with economic awareness and understanding of people’s attitudes and values. As a result there are a wide range of career opportunities open to students, including accountant, civil service, scientific officer, teacher, meteorologist, town planner, surveyor, air traffic controller, air cabin crew, geophysics, and business executive. Geography is regarded is a facilitating subject at University and is highly regarded by Universities and employers alike.