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Exam Board: Edexcel

Year 12

Area of study 1: Dynamic Landscapes

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards – students study the reasons why some locations are more at risk than others from tectonic hazards, examples of recent hazard events and how tectonic hazards can be managed.

  • Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – students study the reasons why coastal landscapes differ, how coastal erosion and sea level rise alter coastlines and how they can be managed.

 Area of study 2: Dynamic Places

  • Globalisation – students investigate the causes and impacts of globalisation as well as the studying the consequences of globalisation for global development.

  • Regenerating Places – students investigate the reasons why places vary in their characteristics and evaluate the success of regeneration strategies in both rural and urban areas.


Year 13

Area of study 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability

  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity – students investigate the hydrological cycle, it’s influence on the human and physical environment, and why water insecurity is a global issue.

  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security – students investigate the carbon cycle and its influence on the physical and human environment.

Area of study 4: Human Systems and Geopolitics

  • Superpowers – students investigate how superpower countries have changed over time and the impact they have on the human and physical environment.
  • Migration, Identity and Sovereignty – students investigate the impacts of globalisation on international migration, how nation states are evolving in a globalised world, the impacts of global organisations in managing global issues and the threats to national sovereignty.

Students will attend four on-day field trips and undertake an individual piece of coursework based upon their fieldwork.  This NEA (non-examined assessment) is worth 20% of the entire A Level.