Turing House
6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 12 Geography
Term 1 - 2Ecosystems Under Stress   
This unit focuses on the biosphere and, in particular, the nature and functioning of ecosystems as well as their relationships to the nature and intensity of human activities. Study of the impact of population growth and economic development on ecosystems at various scales affords the opportunity for students to engage with fundamental environment issues including those relating to biodiversity and sustainability.
Assessment: Past exam questions, a range of short answer questions and an introduction to 20 mark questions. Assessments will be mid-unit and end of unit tests.Key Words and Terms
Term 1 - 2Changing Places   
The study of place looks at contrasting places: local verses international and rural verses urban. It examines how people experience and engage with different environments, what qualities they will ascribe to areas and how this impacts on their lives. Students will study the character of a place and changes over time. This enables them to relate how their lives and those of others compare to how they are affected by continuity and change.
Assessment: A mixture of short and longer answer exam practice. Fieldwork is a key component in this unit which is assessed through NEA work.Key Words and Terms
Term 3 - 4Coastal Systems and Landscapes   
The focus on coastal zones at A Level is designed to enable students to understand how coasts are dynamic environments; coastal landscapes are developed by the interaction of winds, waves, currents and terrestrial and marine sediments. This unit links well with the core water and carbon cycles, encouraging students to think of the coast as a system.
Assessment: Students are assessed through a range of short and long term exam questions. In addition, students will be assessed on fieldwork skills both virtually and in the field.Key Words and Terms
Term 3 - 5Water and Carbon Cycles   
This unit focuses on the major stores of water and carbon at or near the Earth’s surface and the dynamic cyclical relationships associated with them. These are major elements in the natural environment and understanding them is fundamental to many aspects of physical geography. This section specifies a systems approach to the study of water and carbon cycles. The content invites students to contemplate the magnitude and significance of the cycles at a variety of scales, their relevance to wider geography and their central importance for human populations. Areas of study focus on factors affecting the water and carbon cycles and their influence on climate and the surroundings from tropical rainforests to rivers.
Assessment: Students will be assessed through short and long answer exam question and practice past papers.Key Words and Terms
Term 6Fieldwork and Skills   
Students are given the opportunity to undertake their own independent investigation into an aspect of geography which links to their A Level course. They will be exposed to a variety of quantitative data collection, statistical and qualitative methods, alongside presentation techniques. Students will be given support and guidance to produce a 4000-word report. This is an exciting opportunity for students to examine an aspect of geography that interests them personally.
Assessment: Students will produce a 4000 word independent investigation which will be externally assessed.Key Words and Terms