“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map.  It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents.  And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” – Barack Obama

Course Content

Unit 1 – Global Geographical Issues

• Hazardous World
This unit covers tropical storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and, most importantly, people’s responses to these
• Development Dynamics
Why is there global inequality between rich and poor.  How can we overcome this?
• Challenges of an urbanising world
Challenges of an urbanising world: More and more people are moving to cities, what problems does this cause how will this affect our lives in the future?

Unit 2 – UK Geographical Skills

• The UK’s Evolving Physical Landscape
A Study of rivers and coasts with a particular focus on fieldwork to Swanage in Dorset for 3 days
The UK’s Evolving Human Landscape
How do humans affect the landscape we live in? What impact do we have on the environment? Particular focus on Stratford field trip to study inequality in a city area

Unit 3 – People and Environmental Issues

• People and the BiosphereWhere are our different ecosystems in the world? Why are they important?
• Forests Under Threat
Focus on the deforestation and its impacts on climate change, people and the environment.  How can we protect them?
Consuming Energy
Where will our energy come from in the future and how will this affect the environment? Which countries will become more powerful as a result?

Exams and Assessment

Paper Topic Marks % Duration
Paper 1 Global Geographical issues 37.5 1½ hours
Paper 2 UK Geographical issues 37.5 1½ hours
Paper 3 People and Environmental issues:

Exam (Decision making exercise)

1½ hours

Why choose Geography?

Geography has one of the best recruitment rates after school and university, with only 6% of students still unemployed after six months. This is because it helps you to develop skills that employers and universities love:

  • Communication skills
  • Graphical and cartographical skills
  • Technological skills, including ICT and GIS
  • Interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Problem solving skills
  • Entrepreneurial skills and awareness of career possibilities.

These skills will prepare you for a huge range of jobs, from scientist to lawyer, engineer and environmentalist. Geography will open you up to a world of opportunities.