A Level Geography builds on many of the themes established at GCSE level, whilst also introducing some fresh, engaging topics. Throughout Sixth Form, learning is supported by team activities, independent research, review questions and student guides on every topic.
A Level content
Geography A Level (OCR) covers a balance of both physical and human topics, alongside fieldwork and investigative skills.
In St Mary’s Sixth Form, we cover the following topics:
- Landscape Systems in coastal environments – processes, landforms, changes due to sea level changes and the impact of human activity.
- Earth’s Life Support Systems – water and carbon cycles in Tropical Rainforests and the Arctic tundra.
- Changing Space, Making Places – our experience of place, the role of place in society, social inequality and space and architecture’s role in urban spaces.
- Global Migration / Power and Borders – topical exploration of global migration, sovereignty with relevance to current UK politics.
- Geographical Debates: Disease Dilemmas – how disease spreads and how it is mapped, treated and eradicated, through exploration of the recent Ebola outbreak.
- Geographical Debates: Hazardous Earth – how plate tectonics cause volcanic and seismic events and the impact they have in societies with different levels of economic development.
- Independent investigation – exploring appropriate techniques to collect, analyse and present original fieldwork data, to produce a 4000 word report on a topic of your choice. This is supported by a four-day field trip.