Year 12


The course syllabus and specification followed during Y12 is course code 9696 A-level International Cambridge , further information of which can be found here
The course is assessed through two written examinations in the summer term of Year 12. There is no coursework component.
Exams can be cashed in at the end of Year 12 for an AS grade or carried over to Year 13 for an A Level grade.
You will be taught for six 50 minute lessons per week, shared between two geography teachers.


Paper 1: Core Physical Geography
1 hour 30 mins written paper in summer of Year 12
Section A: three data response questions and Section B: one structured question from a choice of three.
Worth 25% of the final A Level. 60 marks available.
Hydrology and fluvial geomorphology
Atmosphere and Weather
Rocks and weathering

Paper 2: Core Human Geography
1 hour 30 mins written paper in summer of Year 12
Section A: three data response questions and Section B: one structured question from a choice of three.
Worth 25% of the final A Level. 60 marks available.
Settlement dynamics


Sample lesson overview for each of the topics can be found below. Please be aware this may be subject to change according to timetable modifications and changing global events.

Hydrology and fluvial Geomorphology
1. Intro to year 12 & Water cycle
2.Hydrological cycle the significance (Skill – power of argument)
3.River regimes
4.Interpreting river regimes (Skill question paper answering)
5.Infiltration experiment – (practical and write up)
6.Factors effecting storm hydrographs
7. Exam practice
8.Comparing drainage basins
9. Boscastle floods – Causes, effects,
10. Boscastle- short & long term responses
11. Long profile of a river and changes that occur
12. channel efficiency and Groudle River field prep
13/14. fieldtrip to Groudle River
15. Theory processes and hjulstrom curve
16.Summative theory test
17.Deltas – Theory and standard needed for other features
18-20. Physical features of a river
21. Complete any theory or features
22. Floods 2007, 2014/15
23/24. Flood alleviation schemes
25.Hard engineering. Dams.
26. Revision
27. End of unit assessment practise.


Atmosphere and weather
1.Diurnal energy budgets
2. Incoming solar radiation
3. Latent heat transfer
4. Tri cellular model
5. Global circulation
6. El nino & monsoon
7. Rain, dew, hail and snow
8. Global warming
9.Global warming theories and management


Rocks and weathering
1. Plate tectonics
2. Weathering types
3. Slope processes
4. Sheet wash and rills
5. Mass movement and landslides
6. Case study of Mam Tor


1. Breakdown of exam paper and style of questioning
2. Key population descriptors, introduction to factors influencing population.
3. Fertility
4. Mortality
5. DTM in a UK context
6. Evaluating the DTM
7. India/China’s demographic transition
8. Essay practice and technique
9. World population growth
10. Introduction to approaches to population theory
11. Pessimistic approaches- Malthus
12. Optimistic approaches- Boserup
13. Global food equity
14.  Famine and health – Horn of Africa
15. Solutions to food security issues
16. Problems with managing populations essay practise.
17. Population pyramids
18. Population pyramids and the link to the DTM
19. Youthful populations – Gambia
20. Ageing populations – UK/IOM
21. Triangular graphs- with population structure and theory
22. Practise questions
23. Anti-natalist policies- China
24. Anti-natalist policies- Thailand
25. Pro-natalist policies- France
26. End of unit assessment practise.



0. Transmigration in Indonesia- link to population topic
1. Migration definitions, categorisation and scales.
2. Factors influencing migration
3. Migration models (1)
4. Migration models (2)
5. Applying case studies to models (Lee and the Windrush generation)
6. Obstacles/barriers/facilitation to migrations
7. Case study- Australia’s changing policies
8. Applying theory to a new model. Case study- Turks
9. Economic migration into the UK
10. International migration and its management
11. Analysing migration maps
12. Impact of Brexit/ UK policy on migration
13. Asylum seekers, refugees and internally displaced people
14. Solutions- case study Bolton gateway project
15. Case study- reversing the trend, Polish migrants
16. Case study- Mexico
17. Internal migration – link to population pyramids
18. Case studies-  Dar es Salaam, Barra
19. End of unit assessment practise.



Settlement dynamics
1. Changing rural areas in the UK
2. Urbanisation and processes of change
3. Links between urbanisation, economic development and population transition.
4. Applying case study to theory- Manchester
5. Applying case study to theory- Manchester
6. Megacities- growth and distribution. Case study- Chongqing
7. Urban land use zones
8. Bid rent and PLVI
9. Urban land use models
10. Applying case study to theory- Douglas/IOM
11. Retail change and the CBD
12. Residential change and the inner city
13. Out of town retail developments
14. Urban management- transport
15. Urban management and the Brown Agenda in LIC’s
16. Case study- Sao Paulo
17. Sustainable cities- Case study Curitiba
18. End of unit assessment practise

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