THE PROGRESSIVE PROGRAM
UPPER SECONDARY: 16 TO 19 YEARS
A LEVELS Geography
Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel
A Level Geography delves into the study of the intricate relationships between people and their environments, encompassing the exploration of both the physical characteristics of Earth's surface and the human societies that inhabit it. It examines how human culture interacts with the natural world and the profound impact that locations and places can have on individuals. The primary objective of Geography is to comprehend the spatial distribution of phenomena, unravel the reasons behind their existence, and analyse their evolution and transformations over time.
At the A Level, pupils encounter a diverse range of topics encompassing both human and physical geography, enabling them to critically engage with the most pressing challenges confronting our world today. In addition to the fascinating subject content, A Level Geography cultivates qualitative and quantitative geographical skills. This involves working with various forms of data, such as images, factual text, discursive/creative material, digital data, numerical and spatial data, and innovative sources like crowd-sourced and 'big data'.
Fieldwork is an integral part of A Level Geography, offering an exciting opportunity to investigate processes, systems, and interconnections within the realms of both human and physical geography. Through fieldwork experiences, pupils develop skills in formulating research questions, applying relevant techniques and methodologies, and effectively analysing and communicating their findings. These fieldwork experiences not only enhance employment prospects by nurturing highly desirable skills but also open doors to travel to captivating destinations.
The A Level Geography curriculum encompasses the following topics:
Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Landscape Systems, Processes, and Change - Coastal Landscapes and Change
Shaping Places - Diverse Places
The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Global Development and Connections - Health, Human Rights, and Intervention, Migration, Sovereignty, and Identity
Pupils engage in a wide range of learning approaches, utilising maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photographs, videos, and podcasts. Alongside attending classes and participating in fieldwork study days, they are encouraged to develop higher-level thinking skills by formulating their own questions and demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of complex issues through report and essay writing. Fieldwork plays a vital role in this A Level course, allowing pupils to apply theoretical knowledge in practical settings.
To excel in this subject, it is important to possess strong numeracy and literacy skills, a willingness to engage in extensive reading to inform written work and class discussions, and a readiness to express opinions based on evidence while collaborating effectively with others.
By studying A Level Geography, pupils gain a comprehensive understanding of the intricate dynamics between humans and their environments, and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle real-world challenges.