A Level Geography

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What Board do we do?  Edexcel

What is Geography?
“So many of the world's current issues – at a global scale and locally - boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. Global warming as it affects countries and regions, food and energy security, the degradation of land and soils from overuse and misuse, the spread of disease, the causes and consequences of migration, and the impacts of economic change on places and communities.” Michael Palin (Former RGS-IBG President)

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.

Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment.

Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlies many of the newer developments in human geography.

Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography – whether through formal learning or experientially through travel, fieldwork and expeditions – helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible citizens and employees.

Geography informs us about

· The places and communities in which we live and work

· Our natural environments and the pressures they face

· The interconnectedness of the world and our communities within it

· How and why the world is changing, globally and locally

· How our individual and societal actions contribute to those changes

· The choices that exist in managing our world for the future

· The importance of location in business and decision-making

Which subjects combine well with Geography?
EconomicsPolitics, Psychology, History, Sociology, Biology and Mathematics.

What can Geography lead to?
Geography provides an ideal framework for relating to other fields of knowledge. It is not surprising that those trained as geographers often contribute substantially to the applied management of resources and environments. The Royal Geographical Society has a lot of information about careers and geography at university level.

The Year 1 syllabus
Area of study 1:
Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Topic 2: Landscape systems, processes and change: Coastal Landscapes and Change
Area of study 2
Topic 3: Globalisation
Topic 4 Shaping Places: Regenerating Places

The Year 2 syllabus
Area of study 3:
Topic 5 the water cycle and water insecurity
Topic 6 the carbon cycle and energy security
Area of study 4:
Topic 7: Superpowers 
Area of study 5:
Topic 8: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty 

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