Geography Unit Content
Unit 1 Global Challenges
Unit 2 Geographical Investigations
Unit 3 Contested Planet
Unit 4 Geographical Research
Unit 1: Global Challenges
The meaning, causes, impacts and managements of global challenges. How we can influence global challenges through our own lives. There are two compulsory topics that form this unit:
Topic 1: World at Risk
Topic 2: Going Global
Unit 2: Geographical Investigations
A closer look at how physical and human issues influence lives and can be managed. Students choose two topics from the four offered in this unit; there must be one physical and one human topic.
Topic 1: Extreme Weather, with its increasing ferocity and frequency, fascinates some people and threatens many others.
Topic 2: Crowded Coasts reveals how increasing development is testing our ability to manage these valued environments.
Topic 3: Unequal Spaces explores the causes and consequences of rural and urban disparities and how to manage them.
Topic 4: Rebranding Places focuses on how we need to re-image and regenerate rural and urban places, using appropriate strategies.
Unit 3: Contested Planet
The use and management of resources is a key issue for geography in today’s world. Consumption patterns highlight stark inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. Many resources are finite, and rising consumption means that difficult decisions over the use of resources will have to be taken more frequently. There are six compulsory topics:
Topic 1: Energy Security
Topic 2: Water Conflicts
Topic 3: Biodiversity Under Threat
Topic 4: Superpower Geographies
Topic 5: Bridging the Development Gap
Topic 6: The Technological Fix?
Unit 4: Geographical Research
Options range from those with a strong physical geography focus, to those concerned more with environment, social and cultural geographies. Students must select and study one of the following research options:
Option 1: Tectonic Activity and Hazards
Option 2: Cold Environments – Landscapes and Change
Option 3: Life on the Margins – the Food Supply Problem
Option 4: The World of Cultural Diversity
Option 5: Pollution and Human Health at Risk
Option 6: Consuming the Rural Landscape – Leisure and Tourism