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A New Specification for a Linear Course Will Start From 2017

Area of Study 1. Dynamic Landscapes (25%)

Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards

Tectonic processes, a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards.

Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change

An integrated study of processes, landforms and landscapes. A study of one landscape system and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space.

• Option 2.2: Coastal landscapes and change

Area of Study 2. Dynamic Places (25%)

Topic 3: Globalisation

A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places.

Topic 4: Shaping Places

A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to

different places and the consequences for different people.

• Option 4.1: Regenerating Places


Area of Study 3. Physical Systems and Sustainability (25%)

Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity

Water cycle, human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts.

Topic 6: The Carbon cycle and Energy Security

Carbon cycle, human and natural factors impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies.

Topic 7: Climate Change Futures

Exploring the links between the carbon and water cycles through climate change.


Area of Study 4. Human Systems and Geopolitics (25%)

Topic 8: Superpowers

Superpowers, the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons.

Topic 9: Global Development and Connections

• Option 9: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty


Prerequisites :

GCSE Grade B Geography; or B in English Language if GCSE Geography not studied.

Good Subject Combinations:

Maths, Biology, Sociology, English, History and Psychology

Possible Career Pathways:

Geography is a broad based academic degree which is well respected by employers. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment. Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas and put simply there is no such thing as a geography job, there are jobs that geographers do. Studying geography provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning.


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