Geography - Year 12

Overview

In year 12 the geography schemes of work aim to develop in greater detail the student’s knowledge and skills to be able to understand the requirements of the AQA specification. This year is a vital grounding of knowledge and skills needed for the A level examination on this linear course.


Course Content

Autumn and Spring Term

Students spend these terms looking at coastal environments and natural hazards. Students will be studying the physical geography of distinctive coastal landforms and the evolution of the coastal systems. The hazards section will look at issues caused by climatic, tectonic and wildfire problems. Students will look at the contributing factors that cause these hazards. At the end of the coastal and hazards geography students will study how these issues are managed to reduce the negative impacts on humans.

Summer Term

Students will begin this term looking at the changing places unit, studying why areas are seen differently by different groups of people. It is a mix of urban geography and psychology. Students will also begin work on the global governance unit looking at how decisions by governments and businesses are increasingly being made at the global level. Students will also begin to focus on the skills work this term in preparation for the field course in North Wales.


Homework

Homework will be set once a week in line with the school’s policy at KS5. It could be a creative, research or a learning homework depending on the nature of the material required to support the student’s work in class for that module of work. Students are encouraged to spend 4-5 hours a week reading around the topics being studied adding work to their well organised study files.


Assessment

Folders will be marked in accordance with the school marking policy. End of unit tests and levelled pieces of work will be used to gauge progress throughout the year. There is a formal mock exam at the end of the year to determine the progress made in the year and to provide predicted grades for those students applying to university through the UCAS system.


Useful Links and Information

All students have been given access to a copy of the core text book Geography AQA A/AS level by Cambridge, the ISBN for this product is 9781316603185. Hodder have compiled a detailed revision guide which is a useful accompaniment to the course and will help with support on the topics, homework and revision. The ISBN for this product is 9781471886713 if parents wished to purchase a copy for students. Copies are available in the school LRC. Students are also encouraged to use suggested online sites during the course.