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In the A Level specification, there are four areas of study: Dynamic Landscapes, Dynamic Places, Physical Systems and Sustainability, Human Systems and Geopolitics.
Paper 1 – Dynamic Landscapes, Physical Systems and Sustainability (30% of A Level)
Tectonic Processes and Hazards: Why some locations are at risk of tectonic hazards, the causes of tectonic hazards, why some tectonic hazards turn into disasters and the success of management of tectonic hazards.
Landscape Systems: An in depth understanding of the physical processes of Coastal Landscapes.
Water Cycle and Water Insecurity. The factors controlling the cycling of water. The natural and human factors that lead to a surplus and deficit of water and the role of climate change. The issue of water insecurity, its consequences and strategies for managing this issue.
Carbon Cycle and Energy Insecurity: The physical processes that control the cycling of carbon. The natural and human factors that lead to changes in stores of carbon. The consequences of our reliance on fossil fuels. How the carbon and water cycles are linked to the global climate system.
Superpowers: What are superpowers and how have they changed over time? What are the impacts of superpowers on the global economy, political systems and the environment? How is the influence and power of superpowers changing?
Paper 2 – Dynamic Places, Human Systems and Geopolitics (30% of A Level)
Globalisation: The causes of Globalisation, why it has accelerated and the impacts of Globalisation.
Regenerating Places: Students begin by studying the place in which they live (Sheffield) in order to look at economic change and social inequalities. They will then put this in context in order to understand how regional, national, international and global influences have led to changes in Sheffield. The topic explores why regeneration is needed, how regeneration is managed and how successful is regeneration.
Global Development and Connections: Aspects of world development issues are studied.
Migration, Identity and Sovereignty: The impacts of Globalisation on international migration. The development of nation states and how they have involved including the impact of Globalisation. What impact has global organisations such as the World Bank and IMF had on global systems such as Trade and Migration. The threats to national security in a more Globalised world.
Paper 3 – Synoptic Investigation of a geographical issue (20% of A Level)
Coursework – Independent Investigation (20% of A Level)
This will be an internally assessed and externally moderated written report of 4000 words.
Fieldwork: For the A level there are 5 days of compulsory fieldwork. Part of your fieldwork will go towards producing the Independent Investigation. The fieldwork will take place in the summer term of the L6 in Dorset.
There are clear links with Economics/Business Studies, Politics and Maths. Students will find this course stimulating, challenging, interesting and relevant, with many areas of study for both the physical and human components being drawn from recent events or issues. Students learn that Geography is indeed relevant to their everyday lives