Head of Department Overview Video - Geography

By studying Geography, students will:

-     Gain deeper understanding of a range of places and environments, and how they are changing;

-     Develop awareness of how people affect their environments;

-     Appreciate the opportunities, challenges and constraints that are faced by people in different places;

-     Understand the significance and effects of the different ways environments are used and managed;

-     Conduct geographical enquiries, including the use of statistical skills, maps and evaluation;

-     Have the opportunity to solve problems, predict future changes and understand complex processes;

-     Tackle key issues affecting the world now and in the future;

-     Use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) – a constantly developing field becoming increasingly important in many areas of work.


Paper 1: 1 hour 30 minutes (35%)

Living with the Physical Environment

A) The Challenge of Natural Hazards (tectonic hazards, weather hazards and climate change)

B) The Living World (Ecosystems including tropical rainforests and hot deserts)

C) Physical Landscapes in the UK (Including coastal and river landscapes)

 Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes (35%)

Challenges in the Human Environment

A) Urban Issues and Challenges (challenges facing cities in a newly emerging economy and in the UK, also sustainable urban development)

B) The Changing Economic World (variations in development across the world, the changing UK economy and a case study of a newly emerging economy)

C) The Challenge of Resource Management (Management of resources around the world and in the UK, plus a detailed study of either food, water or energy)

 Paper 3: 1 hour 15 minutes (30%)

Geographical Applications

A) Issue evaluation (a pre-released booklet with a geographical issue for students to consider in advance of the exam.)

B) Fieldwork (2 geographical fieldwork enquiries – an examination on what was previously coursework/controlled assessment)

C) Geographical Skills (including maps, graphs, data analysis, numeracy, literacy, enquiry and argument)

 We are required to conduct two fieldwork enquiries, over 2 days, one physical and one human.  We are intending that the physical trip will be based on a coastal theme and that the human study will be more local, in Beverley itself.