Greensteds International School
Mar 30, 2017
Geography at A Level

Our Year 12 and 13 pupils study for the Cambridge International AS and A2 Examinations.
AS and A2 Geography Course provokes and answers questions about natural and human environments and the dynamic interrelationships between them.
The course content covers a wide range of themes, but these can be split into Physical and Human Geography topics. Usually these are taught by two members of staff one teaching the Physical side of the course and the other the Human.
What are the Course Requirements ?
Students are usually required to gain a minimum of a C grade for IGCSE Geography in order to study AS Geography.
Students are required to study the AS Level Geography Course before embarking on the A2 Level Course.
Is there any Fieldwork ?
A variety of different teaching methods are used in the AS and A2 Geography Courses. This includes practical fieldwork, as we believe students are able to much more fully understand the Geographical systems they will study if they have an opportunity to experience them.
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Year 13 : A2 Level - Visit to Watamu (Mwamba Field Study Centre) - 5 Days
Fieldwork based on the Coastal Environments and Environmental Management Units.
AS Geography Course – Year 12
The AS Course is split into two parts – Physical and Human Geography. Usually the course is taught by two teachers, one teaching the Physical and the other the Human Geography, with an equal amount of teaching time assigned to each.
What are the Main Elements of the Course ?
AS Level Physical Core
1: Hydrology and Fluvial Geomorphology
1.1 The drainage basin system
1.2 Rainfall – discharge relationships within drainage basins
1.3 River channel process and landforms
1.4 The human impact
2: Rocks and weathering
2.1        Elementary Plate Tectonics
2.2        Weathering and rocks
2.3        Slopes, processes and development
2.4        The human impact
3: Atmosphere and Weather
3.1        Energy Budgets
3.2        The earth – atmosphere energy budget
3.3        Weather processes and phenomena
3.4        The human impact
AS Level Human Core
1: Population Change
1.1 Natural increase as a component of population change
1.2 Migration as a component of population change
1.3 Population – resource relationship
1.4 The management of population change
2: Settlement Dynamics
2.1        Relationships between settlements
2.2        Changes in rural settlements
2.3        Urban trends and issues of urbanisation
2.4        The changing structure of urban settlements
How is AS Level Geography assessed ?
The assessment at AS Level is one 3 Hour Exam, with 1hr30 for Physical questions and 1hr30 for Human question. This includes some essay style questions.
A2 Level Geography Course – Year 13
The A2 Level Course again is made up of an equal split of Physical and Human Geography, however Units studied are more specific and in depth. As a Geography Department we choose the following selection of units to study from a range provided by the exam board.
Students seem to particularly enjoy studying the following units at A2 Level, and we certainly enjoy teaching them! Again the course is usually taught by two teachers, one taking the Physical and the other the Human Geography topics, with an equal amount of teaching time assigned to each.
A2 Level Advanced Physical Geography Units
1: Coastal Environments
1.    Wave and marine processes
2.    Coastal landforms of cliffed and constructive coasts
3.    Coral reefs
4.    Sustainable management of coasts
(Including a week long field trip to the Kenyan Coast at Watamu)
2: Hazardous Environments
1.    Hazardous environments resulting from crustal movement
2.    Hazardous environments resulting from mass movements
3.    Hazard resulting from atmospheric disturbances
4.    Sustainable management in hazardous environments
A2 Level Advanced Human Geography Units
3: Global Interdependence
1.    Trade flows and trading patterns
2.    Causes of Debt crisis
3.    The development of international tourism
4.    The management of tourist destination
4: Environmental Management
1.    Sustainable energy supplies
2.    The management of energy supply
3.    Environmental degradation
4.    The management of a degraded environment
How is A2 Level Geography assessed ?
The assessment at A2 Level is two 1 Hour 30 min Exams. One exam on the Physical Geography Units and the other on the Human Geography Units. Essay Style Questions.

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