• WEEK 1



A-Level Edexcel 8GEO1/9GEO1

Course Outline

A-Level Geography is a modern, dynamic and engaging subject that addresses the key ideas and issues in our world today. Climate change, globalisation, rebranding and management of the world’s resources are some of the current key issues we explore. Fieldwork and research are key features of the course, both at AS and A2. We take the opportunity to get out of the classroom wherever possible and have every intention of organising an international trip during Year 12 /13. We’re currently looking at Iceland/Italy to tie in with our work on Tectonics and Energy Security. You will not have to produce a piece of coursework but will answer questions in the exam about your fieldwork and research.

Course Modules

Year 12 – AS Geography

Unit 1 is called Global Challenges and focuses on the meaning, impact and management of global challenges and how we can influence these through our own lives. There are two compulsory topics:
World at Risk and Going Global.
30% of the A-Level
Unit 2 is called Geographical Investigations and this focuses on fieldwork and related research. Students show their skills in planning, collecting, analysing and evaluating information. There are two topics to study: Crowded Coasts and Rebranding
Places. This year students completed their fieldwork at Porthleven, Padstow and Falmouth.
20% of the A-Level

Year 13 – A2 Geography

Unit 3 is called Contested Planet and focuses on 6 key world issues:
Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity Under Threat, Super Power Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap and The Technological Fix.
30% of the A-Level
Unit 4 is Geographical Research. Here further investigative and report writing skills are developed to prepare for the demands of higher education or employment. The focus is on Tectonic Activity and Hazards.
20% of the A-Level

Further Study and Career Opportunities

An A-level in Geography opens doors! It is an academic and well-respected A-Level qualification and is a brilliant step towards a wide range of university courses and/or employment opportunities. It can provide a useful bridge between arts and sciencebased subjects. Geographers can go into a wide range of jobs, including advertising, the armed forces, environmental management, finance, law, journalism, marketing, planning, retail, sales, social/health services, teaching; in fact the list is endless!