Geography is the study of the Earth and the Physical and Human processes which shape it. The course attempts to explain the forces which shape the natural landscape as well as the effect which human being are having on the environment.
Geography is not just about learning and recalling facts but the syllabus aims to encourage a concern for accuracy and objectivity in collecting, recording, processing, analysing,interpreting and reporting data as well as developing the ability to handle and evaluate different types and sources of information.
By the end of the course students should be able to think logically, and to present an ordered and coherent argument in a variety of ways as well as appreciate the need for understanding, respect and co-operation in conserving the environment and improving the quality of life at both a global scale and within the context of different cultural settings.
In the AS year the following topics are covered:
Plate Tectonics and Continental Drift, Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Weathering, the Hydrological Cycle and Rainfall, Population Distribution, Settlements and Use of Urban Areas and Migration.
In the A2 year students must cover two Physical and two Human Geography options.
Physical Geography Options include the following: Tropical Environments, Coastal Environments, Hazardous Environments and Arid and Semi-arid Environments.
Human Geography Options include the following: Production, Location and Change (Agriculture and Industry), Environmental Management, Global Interdependence and Economic Transition.
The level of Mathematical ability for the course is not high, but the standard of written English required is, since the students are expected to write essays . Students who have difficulty reading large amounts of English text will find Geography a challenging subject at A level.