This course will develop your understanding of physical
and human geography, challenge your perceptions and
stimulate your investigative and analytical skills. The
course topics reflect key issues in the world today.
You will require a grade 4 in maths and grade 6 in
English or a grade B in a humanities subject, in addition to
the general entry requirements.
Unit 1 - Physical Geography
Water and carbon cycles: the dynamic and cyclical relationships associated with water and carbon
Hot desert environments and their margins: the characteristics of drylands occurring at all latitudes
Coastal systems and landscapes: how the interaction of winds, waves currents and sediments develop the dynamic environments of the coastal zone
Hazards: focuses on the lithosphere and the atmosphere which present hazards to human populations
Ecosystems under stress: focuses on the nature and functioning of ecosystems and their relationship with human activities
Cold environments: the distinctive physical processes and landscapes associated with cold environments and the challenges and opportunities they present for human development.
Unit 2 - Human Geography
Global systems and global governance: the process of globalisation and the governance of different parts of the planet including Antarctica
Places: the experience and characteristics of specific places and people’s engagement with them
Contemporary urban environments: focuses on how urban areas grow, change and why they present significant environmental and social challenges for human populations
Population and the environment: explores the relationship between population, economic development, the role of the natural environment and the population’s health and wellbeing
Resource security: the exploitation and development of unevenly distributed resources of water and energy.
Unit 3 and 4 - Geographical Investigation
You are required to undertake an independent fieldwork investigation in relation to processes in both physical and human geography. This will be assessed as a written fieldwork report. Your geographical skills in using statistical tests, maps, and presenting and interpreting data in a variety of graphical forms will also be developed.
Written examinations and coursework.
Dudley Sixth provides textbooks and equipment for
fieldwork. Compulsory attendance on fieldwork is required
with a contribution from the student (financial assistance
may be available from Dudley Sixth).
Higher Education to study earth sciences, teaching or
surveying. Employment with environmental agencies.