Geography GCE AS / A2 Level

Geography GCE AS / A2 Level @ Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Geography is a relevant, dynamic and wide-ranging subject, which seeks to challenge, engage and inspire you towards achieving a greater understanding of the world in which we live. You will develop a knowledge and understanding of both physical and human geographical concepts and processes, along with the necessary geographical skills to enable you to progress through AS to A2 and on to Higher Education and/or employment. Geography links extremely well with an exceptionally wide range of other disciplines in the Sciences, Arts and Humanities.

You will cover a very wide range of topics across the two years, for example natural disasters (both earth hazards such as volcanoes and climatic hazards such as tornadoes), world cities and their issues, energy, population change, coastal processes and coastal management, and rivers, floods and management.

Year 1

• The Year 1 (AS syllabus) has two units. In the first unit, Physical and Human Geography you will learn about river processes, flooding and how this is managed; coastal environments focusing on processes, landforms, coastal hazards, sea level change and coastal management; population change including changing population dynamics and structure and population policies; and energy including geopolitics and energy, supply and demand, and sustainability. The second unit is Geographical Skills. This unit is taught within Unit 1 and focuses on a wide range of skills such as use of ILT; satellite and image interpretation, map skills and statistical analysis.

Year 2

>> In Year 2 you will study two units. The first unit, Contemporary Geographical Issues, has three modules. The first is Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards covering the origin and nature of earthquakes and volcanoes; the impact of these hazards on people and the environment e.g. tsunamis; major ash eruptions and catastrophic earthquakes, and the management of earth hazards. The second module is Weather and Climate and Associated Hazards