This key stage is a building ground towards the new GCSE which encourages pupils to develop a passion for the world around them. Pupils develop key geographical skills and an in depth understanding of the world around us, through mapskills, key analytical skills through the studying of varied graphs, spatial awareness through the study of place, such as the unit on Africa, evaluative skills through decision making activities. Fieldwork is also an integral part of this key stage as skills are developed to allow pupils to put theory into practice.
The AQA GCSE course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows pupils to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds. Pupils study the challenges of natural hazards, the living world, physical landscapes in the UK, urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management. They also complete two separate fieldwork which enable them to apply their knowledge to both urban and river investigations.
Geography, and the world we study, is ever-changing. A level Geography focuses on fundamental processes, reflecting the world around us and fostering an understanding of what could impact its future. In year 1 the units studied are Tectonics, Glaciation, Globalisation and Regenerating places. In year 2 the units studied are the Water cycle, the Carbon cycle, Superpowers and Health, human rights and intervention. The course develops students in becoming confident, capable and successful geographers.