The department also follows the WJEC 'A' level syllabus, which has resulted in students obtaining very good grades in recent years, many of them moving on to study Geography or Geographically related subjects at university. We strive to present the work in an interesting and stimulating manner, with members of the department covering their specialist topics.
We study the physical aspect of the course from September to January and then the human aspect of the course form January to May. All students will sit an exam in January, their last exam is at the end of May.
G1– Changing Physical Environments
Investigating climate change – The physical and human factors that contribute to global warming. How it effects different countries and people across the world and how to reduce its impact.
Investigating tectonic change – Why do earthquakes and volcanoes affect certain regions and what can be done to reduce their impact on human life.
Investigating Hydrological change – Why and how does water affect certain regions and what can be done to reduce their impact on human life.
Field Work Studies
Students have an opportunity to create a personal study looking at the impact of flooding on many regions of South Wales, for example Bridgend, Cardiff Bay, following the Ogmore river or looking at Pontypridd.
G2 – Changing Human Environments
Investigating population change – What has happened to the world’s population over the centuries and what are the problems of the future. Migration and its impact on the world’scountries.
Investigating settlement change – How and why have our towns and country side’s developed and what are the implications for the future.
Students will have opportunities to visit Cardiff Bay (It may include Swansea in the future) concentrating on gentrification. They also undertake avisit to Abergavenny to study the impact of counter-urbanisation.
In year 13 all students have to complete internal course work which aids their learning and prepares them for asub section of the G3 module.
G3 – Contemporary Themes and Research in Geography
Climatic Hazards – There are many hazards created by our weather, such as drought and hurricanes. How can we as countries, prepare for them?
Emerging Asia – With China growing and developing at an exponential rate, what effects is it having on the rest of the world?
G4 – Sustainability
Sustainable food supply – With a growing population, how and from where will we supply our ever growing demand for food?
Sustainable water supply - With a growing population, how and from where will we supply our ever growing demand for water?
Sustainable energy - With a growing population, howand from where will we supply our ever growing demand for energy to our cities and homes.
Sustainable cities - With a growing population, how and from where will we supply our ever growing demand for housing. What impact is the developing of the Third World having on the rest of the world?
Field Work in South Wales
The department makes good use of the wide and varied landscape that is in South Wales and has incorporated many different areas of study over recent years, to enhance and improve student’s geographical skills. Each year, students have a different range of topics to choose from to study and complete their internal course work.