A-Level Geography

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This A-Level Geography course aims to prepare you for the exams and develop your knowledge in areas such as natural hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes and Tsunami’s, globalisation, the water cycle, human rights and much more!

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Description

A-Level Geography

  • Course code: OSC1184
  • Delivery method: Online or Paper
  • Course duration: 24 Months
  • Edexcel Pearson Specification Code: 9GEO
  • Exam Fees are not included

Entry requirements: You will need grade C at GCSE level maths or above as there is a lot of maths in the course.

This A-Level Geography specification is designed to enable candidates to understand:

  • Tectonic processes and hazards
  • Glaciated landscapes and change
  • Globalisation & regenerating
  • The water cycle and water insecurity
  • The carbon cycle and energy security
  • Superpowers
  • Health, human rights and intervention
Course Content

A-Level Geography Course

AREA OF STUDY 1: DYNAMIC LANDSCAPES

TOPIC 1: TECTONIC PROCESSES AND HAZARDS:

  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunami
  • The Earths internal structure
  • Plate tectonic theory
  • Continental drift
  • Paleomagnetism
  • Plate Boundaries
  • MEDCs and LEDCs
  • Tectonic Mega-disasters
  • Prediction and forecasting
  • Hazard management

TOPIC 2: GLACIATED LANDSCAPES AND CHANGE:

  • Climate change
  • Volcanic Eruptions
  • The Cryosphere
  • Ice masses
  • Periglacial Processes
  • Periglacial Landforms
  • Tundra
  • Glacial mass balance
  • Glacier Movement
  • Rate of movement
  • Glacial erosion
  • Glacial transportation
  • Glacial Deposition
  • Formation of lowland depositional features
  • Fluvioglacial landforms
  • Proglacial features
  • Biodiversity
  • Water Cycle
  • Carbon cycle
  • Human activity

AREA OF STUDY 2: DYNAMIC PLACES

TOPIC 3: GLOBALISATION:

  • The influence of technology
  • International political and economic organisations
  • Special economic zones
  • Benefits of SEZs
  • KOF Index
  • Transnational corporations (TNCs)
  • The global shift
  • Push and pull factors
  • International migration
  • A global culture
  • Cultural erosion
  • Gross domestic product
  • Social measures of development
  • Effects of globalisation
  • Retention of cultural values
  • Fair trade
  • Ethical consumption schemes
  • Recycling

TOPIC 4: REGENERATING PLACES:

  • Economies
  • Places change
  • Reasons for change
  • Measuring change
  • National & regional influences
  • Global and International influences
  • The negative multiplier effect
  • Media sources
  • Representations of place
  • Infrastructure investment
  • North-South divide
  • Planning policies
  • Government policy
  • Local interest groups
  • Rebranding
  • Regeneration strategies
  • The living environment

AREA OF STUDY 3: PHYSICAL SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABILITY

TOPIC 5: THE WATER CYCLE AND WATER INSECURITY:

  • Hydrological cycle
  • Water stores
  • Types of precipitation
  • A Tropical Rainforest: The Amazon
  • Water budget
  • River regimes
  • Storm Hydrograph
  • Urbanisation
  • Drought
  • The ecological impact
  • Flooding
  • The water cycle and climate change
  • Rising demand and diminishing supply
  • Physical and economic scarcity
  • Water conflicts and the future
  • Techno-fix
  • Sustainable schemes

TOPIC 6: THE CARBON CYCLE AND ENERGY SECURITY:

  • The biogeochemical carbon cycle
  • Human Effects
  • Carbon Budgets
  • Carbon sequestration in oceans
  • Thermohaline circulation
  • Terrestrial sequestration
  • The greenhouse effect
  • The Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change
  • The concentration of carbon
  • Photosynthesis
  • Energy consumption
  • Fossil fuels
  • Biofuels

AREA OF STUDY 4: HUMAN SYSTEMS AND GEOPOLITICS

TOPIC 7: SUPERPOWERS:

  • Economic power
  • Military power
  • Political power
  • Cultural power
  • Natural resources
  • Demographics
  • Hard Power vs Soft Power
  • Types of polarity
  • Geopolitical polarity and stability
  • Emerging nations
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • The role of TNCs
  • Global action
  • International alliances
  • Arctic oil and gas
  • Intellectual property
  • Political spheres of influence
  • Conflicts in the Middle East
  • Importance of China and India
  • Economic problems

TOPIC 8: HEALTH, HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERVENTION:

  • Human development
  • Happy planet index
  • Sharia Law
  • Bolivia under Evo Morales
  • Goals of development
  • The importance of education
  • UNESCO
  • health & life expectancy
  • The importance of IGOs
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Human Rights
  • The transition to democracy
  • Levels of political corruption
  • Equality
  • Geopolitical interventions
  • Short-term responses
  • Just War Theory
  • The effectiveness of development aid
  • Recent military interventions
  • The cost of inaction

REQUIRED READING LIST?

We recommend the following text books to help you with your studies, however, they are not essential for completion of the course:

  • C Dunn, AS/A-Level Geography Student Guide 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards; Landscape systems, processes and change (Phillip Allan 2016)
  • C Dunn, AS/A-Level Geography Student Guide 2: Globalisation; Shaping Places (Phillip Allan 2016)
  • V Pointon et al. Edexcel GCE Geography as Level Student Book and eBook (Edexcel Geography A Level 2016) (Edexcel 2016)
  • B Digby, Geography for Edexcel A Level Year 1 and AS Student Book (OUP 2016)

OTHER INFORMATION

You will need to take the standard A-Level Geography examinations in order to fully complete this course. The first available examination date for this syllabus is in May/June 2018. The examinations run on specific dates, which can be obtained by visiting the Edexcel website.  Please note: The exams can only be taken at a centre in Coventry, due to fieldwork requirements. You will be required to book these examinations yourself.

 

Qualification Information

To achieve the full Geography A-Level qualification you will be assessed across the above areas of study. All topics will be assessed by three paper-based examinations and coursework. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

Paper 1: 9GE0/01

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Weighing: 30% of A-Level
  • Total Marks: 105
  • Assessed: Areas of study 1 and 3
  • Assessment format: A mixture of short answers, open response and resource linked questions. You will also have to complete a 12 and 20 mark extended writing question

Paper 2: 9GE0/02

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Weighing: 30% of A-Level
  • Total Marks: 105
  • Assessed: Areas of study 2 and 4
  • Assessment format: A mixture of short answers, open response and resource linked questions. You will also have to complete a 12 and 20 mark extended writing question

Paper 3: 9GE0/03

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Weighing: 20% of A-Level
  • Total Marks: 70
  • Assessed: Content from all areas of study
  • Assessment format: A mixture of short answers, open response and resource linked questions. You will also have to complete an 8, 18 and 24 mark extended writing question

Coursework: 9GE0/04

  • Type: Coursework/Fieldwork
  • Weighing: 20% of A-Level
  • Total Marks: 70
  • Assessed: Define a question of issue for investigation relating to the content in the course using your own research from fieldwork
  • Assessment format: A written investigation report of 3000 – 4000 words which is internally assessed and externally moderated.  You must complete a minimum of four days of fieldwork, which will be taken under supervision.

Please note: The exams can only be taken at the centre ‘Tutors and Exams’ in Coventry, due to the complex fieldwork requirements.

Method of Study

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs).

You will also need to take the standard A-Level examinations in order to fully complete this course. The first available examination date for this syllabus is in May/June 2018. The examinations run on specific dates, which can be obtained by visiting the Edexcel website. Please note: The exams can only be taken at a centre in Coventry, due to fieldwork requirements. You will be required to book these examinations yourself.

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Study Method

Paper Manual, Online

Paper based courses are only available for UK deliveries. Online courses are available for UK and International students. Dismiss