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A-level geography

A-Level geography complete content and assessment objectives

Coastal Landscapes
How can coastal landscapes be viewed as systems?
How are coastal landforms developed?
How do coastal landforms evolve over time as climate changes?
How does human activity cause change within coastal landscape systems?

Glaciated Landscapes
How can glaciated landscapes be viewed as systems?
How are glacial landforms developed?
How do glacial landforms evolve over time as climate changes?
How does human activity cause change within glaciated and periglacial landscape systems?

Dryland Landscapes
How can dryland landscapes be viewed as systems?
How are landforms of mid and low latitude deserts developed?
How do dryland landforms evolve over time as climate changes?
How does human activity cause change within dryland landscape systems?

Earth’s Life Support Systems
How important are water and carbon to life on Earth?
How do the water and carbon cycles operate in contrasting locations?
How much change occurs over time in the water and carbon cycles?
To what extent are the water and carbon cycles linked?

Changing Spaces; Making Places
What’s in a place?
How do we understand place?
How does economic change influence patterns of social inequality in places?
Who are the players that influence economic change in places?
How are places created through placemaking processes?

Trade in the Contemporary World
What are the contemporary patterns of international trade?
Why has trade become increasingly complex?
What are the issues associated with unequal flows of international trade?

Global Migration
What are the contemporary patterns of global migration?
Why has migration become increasingly complex?
What are the issues associated with unequal flows of global migration?

Human Rights
What is meant by human rights?
What are the variations in women’s rights?
What are the strategies for global governance of human rights?
To what extent has intervention in human rights contributed to development?

Power and Borders
What is meant by sovereignty and territorial integrity?
What are the contemporary challenges to sovereign state authority?
What is the role of global governance in conflict?
How effective is global governance of sovereignty and territorial integrity?

Climate Change
How and why has climate changed in the geological past?
How and why has the era of industrialisation affected global climate?
Why is there a debate over climate change?
In what ways can humans respond to climate change?
Can an international response to climate change ever work?

Disease Dilemmas
What are the global patterns of disease and can factors be identified that determine these?
Is there a link between disease and levels of economic development?
How effectively are communicable and noncommunicable diseases dealt with?
How far can diseases be predicted and mitigated against?
Can diseases ever be fully eradicated?

Exploring Oceans
What are the main characteristics of oceans?
What are the opportunities and threats arising from the use of ocean resources?
How and in what ways do human activities pollute oceans?
How is climate change impacting the ocean system?
How have socio-economic and political factors influenced the use of the oceans?

Future of Food
What is food security and why is it of global significance?
What are the causes of inequality in global food security?
What are the threats to global food security?
How do food production and security issues impact people and the physical environment?
Is there hope for the future of food?

Hazardous Earth
What is the evidence for continental drift and plate tectonics?
What are the main hazards generated by volcanic activity?
What are the main hazards generated by seismic activity?
What are the implications of living in tectonically active locations?
What measures are available to help people cope with living in tectonically active locations?

Assessment details

Assessment Objectives
  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of places, environments, concepts, processes, interactions and change, at a variety of scales.
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding in different contexts to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues.
  • AO3: Use a variety of relevant quantitative, qualitative and fieldwork skills to: • investigate geographical questions and issues • interpret, analyse and evaluate data and evidence • construct arguments and draw conclusions.
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