A Level Geography

Subject: Geography

Exam Syllabus: AQA

Course leader: Mrs Bicknell

Welcome to the Geography Dept at APS!

Welcome to A level Geography! You will study both Human and Physical Geography so that everyone will find something that they enjoy and discover topics that will be new to them from GCSE. You will be able to apply for a wide range of University courses after studying with us and Geography is a Russell Group Facilitating Subject, meaning that it is recognised by all of the top universities!

Human Geography - You will study:

  1. Population and the environment
  2. Changing places
  3. Global systems and governance

Physical Geography: You will study:

  1. Hazards
  2. Water and carbon cycles
  3. Coastal systems and landscapes

In addition all pupils must take part in at least 4 days of fieldwork. In the past we have run trips to:

  • The Dorset Coast
  • A local river
  • A day exploring Bristol
  • A day exploring Bath

Please complete the 3 ‘transition tasks’ set by your 3 A-level teachers over the summer holidays. Bring them to your first lessons with the different teachers.

You will be starting with the following 3 topics in year 12:

  1. Water and Carbon cycles = Mr Coates
  2. Global systems and governance = Mr Rees
  3. Population and the environment = Mrs Bicknell

We look forward to seeing you in September!

The transition tasks below are compulsory, but the best students explore geography topics in their own time by watching the news and engaging with contemporary debates. We recommend these 2 sites for useful videos.


Physical Geography: Water and carbon cycles

We use a systems approach in geography. Both the carbon cycle and water cycle are systems. With the aid of the internet complete the following research:

  1. Explain the difference between an open system and a closed system.
  2. Use the internet to find a suitable diagram of the carbon cycle and the water cycle
  3. What type of system is the carbon cycle and the water cycle – open or closed?

All systems have inputs, transfers, stores and outputs.

  1. Describe how carbon and water move around both the carbon cycle and the water cycle (inputs, transfers, stores and outputs)

Human Geography: Global systems and governance

To start to think about globalisation and how the work is becoming more connected you can do the following task.

  1. Print off a map of the world.
  2. As you do your weekly shop note down all the countries your products come from and add them to the map.
  3. Can you see any patterns? What type of goods come from what areas?

Human Geography: Population and the environment

The population of the UK is ageing as people live longer and we choose to have less children. Do some research and write about one side of A4 to answer the question,

“What are the problems caused by the UK’s ageing population?

These articles will help you:

Do a ‘Google search’ for other sources of information and talk to friends and family to get their opinions on the topic as well.

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