Sixth Form Geography

AS/A Level (CCEA) Sixth form geographers follow the new CCEA specification, chosen for its excellent range of up to date modules that challenges our Sixth Formers and prepare them well for degrees in Geography and related disciplines beyond Dalriada.  The course is split into four simple modules as detailed below and may be taken as an AS (after one year) or a full A Level over two years.

AS Units – CCEA Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Geography

AS1 – AAG 11: Physical Geography (including fieldwork skills)

  • Fluvial environments and human interaction
  • Ecosystems and human interaction
  • Atmospheric processes and extreme weather events

AS2 – AAG 12: Human Geography (including skills and techniques)

  • Population composition and resources
  • Challenges and planning in rural and urban environments
  • Development and its issues.

A2 Units – CCEA Advanced GCE in Geography

A2 1 – AA G21 Human Geography and Global Issues

  • Impact of population change
  • Planning for sustainable settlements
  • Global issues in tourism

 A2 2 – AA G22 Physical Geography and Decision Making

  • Fluvial and coastal environments
  • The Dynamic Earth
  • The Decision Making Exercise

Further detail can be found at:


Studying A’ level Geography will help you find out the answers to these and many more questions…

AS Geography

AS1 Physical

Fluvial Environments and Human Interaction

  • Why are river valleys much bigger than their river?
  • Why do rivers change their course?
  • Can we really make rivers go where we want them to?
  • If you want a house with a river view, what do you need to know?
  • How much water does a river need to be healthy?
  • How long can we continue to change rivers without irreversible consequences?

The answers to these questions will help you realise the importance of rivers in our lives.

Ecosystems and Human Interaction

  • Have you ever wondered what kind of impact you make on the planet Earth?
  • What it would be like to live in a different part of the world?
  • What would the weather be like?
  • What kinds of animals would you see?
  • Which plants live there?
  • How they all work together?

By investigating these questions, you are learning about biomes.

But have you ever considered the costs for the services that nature provides to humanity and other forms of life on the planet? Clean the air and water, allow for food to grow on fertile soil, even the availability of minerals and other natural resources that are consumed by humans and other species. The cost of using nature is not being paid by anyone, which doesn’t mean it is free, but what are the costs? You will find out some of the costs of our actions and what we need to do about it.

Atmospheric Processes and Extreme Weather Events

  • How does weather affect your attitude or even your lifestyle?
  • What is the relationship between weather and natural disasters?
  • How can extreme weather conditions affect the economy and social life in countries?
  • Do you think weather patterns are changing? If so, what do you think is causing these changes? What disasters in your country are caused by weather?

The weather is a real mystery; by studying this topic you will begin to understand its complexity.

AS2 Human

Population Composition and Resources

  • Have you ever wondered why people go hungry in the midst of plenty?
  • Do we know exactly how many people there are in the world today?
  • Are we prepared for an aged population in the UK ?
  • I’ve heard some say the world population crisis is over and that it’s not a problem anymore. Is this true?
  • Are the world’s resources really all that finite? For instance, I’ve heard we’ve got more than enough food for everyone on this planet.

You will learn about some of these issues and find out if there are any easy answers.

Challenges and Planning In Rural And Urban Environments

  • Have you ever wondered about those spaces where town meets country? These spaces are  among the most treasured yet poorly understood places within the UK.
  • Are our towns going to ‘swallow’ up the countryside? Does this matter?
  • People want to live a rural life … but how rural? Living in the city isn’t fun for everyone!
  • How can we more effectively understand and manage change in places of such uncertainty, diversity and transition? Geographers look at how and why the areas we live in develop and change.

Development and Its Issues.

  • What is development? Is it cultural, Economic, Social, Political?
  • Can it be measured?
  • Why are some more ‘equal’ than others?
  • How many of the worlds’ people live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1per day?
  • Do your actions maintain underdevelopment?
  • What are the consequences of underdevelopment? Who’s responsible?
  • Learn about how we can all make a difference.
  • Is the Less Developed World YOUR problem?

A2 Geography

A2 1 – AA G21 Human Geography and Global Issues

Impact of Population Change

The global population is growing at an exponential rate! It has put increasing pressures on the earth’s natural resources and our ability to sustain current rates of consumption. Where and how is it changing? Is it the same in all parts of the world? How can we explain differences?

How do countries try to manage the problems of population size? Have you ever considered the results of an ever growing population and continued consumption of resources?

Is there a sustainable solution? If you lived in China, how would you feel about only being allowed to have one child? What is the largest number of humans the Earth and its ecosystems can support in a sustainable way? Would you like to live and work in another part of the UK or Europe or the World? What are the problems you might face? Is migration a solution or a problem?

Planning For Sustainable Settlements

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a city that worked like a forest and flowed like a stream? Can you envision a truly ecological city? Do you know what it means to live more sustainably?

Imagine the long-term future of a city as an ecosystem in the context of its rich ecological and social history.

More people, more homes, more industry, more transport …..Less space, fewer resources. Is it time to rethink how we live? Who’s responsible for your carbon footprint? …… it’s yours so is it you? How can we make settlements more efficient and sustainable?

Global Issues in Tourism

Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Countries all want to ‘get a piece of the action’.

  • Is it growing so fast that we are in danger of losing the features which attract us?
  • How can it be managed?
  • Who are the winners and who are the losers?
  • Can we learn from our mistakes?
  • Will people listen?

A2 2 – AA G22 Physical Geography and Decision Making

Fluvial and coastal environments

  • Why are healthy rivers important? How do we use our coastlines? Can we manage the demands placed upon our fluvial and coastal environments in a sensitive and sustainable way?
  • Are we fully aware of the consequences of our actions …..Can we really control these natural processes?
  • How are rivers a political issue? Should we save the Jurassic Coast?
  • Why is the Colorado a ‘hot potato’ in the American political system?

These are just some of the questions we need to answer if we want to live in an environmentally sustainable way.

The Dynamic Earth

  • Has our planet always looked the same?
  • Why does the Earth have plate tectonics and continents?
  • We can send ‘man’ to the moon, why can’t we control an earthquake?
  • Can earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and their consequences be predicted?
  • Are natural hazards unmanageable?
  • What role does politics play in the impact of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions?
  • Does the answer to our future energy needs, lie below the surface?

The Decision Making Exercise

  • How would expanding the Panama Canal impact on the global economy?
  • Should Heathrow have a fifth runway?
  • Does Newbury need a new bypass?
  • Do we really need a new container terminal in Britain?
  • Would you be opposed or in favour of a new waste incinerator being located near your home?
  • If you were a government minister or a planner how would you decide?
  • These are just many of the decisions you might have to make, do you have the skills to do this?

Geographers are experts at managing lots of different types of information and considering issues – so yes you do!