AQA

Field-course options for GCE A-levels, tailored for the AQA specification:

Level

Unit

Topic

Fieldwork

A/S

 

1
(Physical)
Rivers, Floods & Management
HYDROLOGY – Downstream changes in river channel processes and characteristics. The river used provides examples of a range of fluvial landforms including waterfalls, meanders, floodplain, and delta
HYDROLOGY AND FLOOD MANAGEMENT STUDY – Hydrology work as above (with a reduced number of sites sampled), plus a visit to a flood defence scheme to discuss reasons for flood risk and flood management in the town
Cold Environments
GLACIATION STUDY – A visit to the Brecon Beacons to sketch and/or map a range of erosional and depositional landforms including a corrie, arêtes, pyramidal peaks and different types of moraine
Coastal Environments
COASTAL EROSION AND MANAGEMENT – An investigation into coastal processes and landforms on (and near) the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, assessing current management strategies and investigating alternatives
1
(Human)
Population Change
URBAN INEQUALITY IN CARDIFF  – A comparative study of inner city, (includes studentification), suburban and urban-rural fringe areas, looking at residential quality, environmental quality and other indicators
RURAL CHANGE – Visiting local villages to investigate the effects of depopulation and sub-/counter-urbanisation
Food supply Issues
FARM VISIT – Providing an excellent case study of a Welsh hill sheep farm. The farmer talks to students about the changing face of agriculture, and the role of EU policy in directing these changes
2
(Skills)
Geographical Skills
For the exam, students will be tested on their investigative skills, including fieldwork and any of the studies from above will be suitable. Hydrological and settlement work will be particularly relevant for developing a range of basic, investigative, cartographic, graphical and statistical skills.

A2

3
(Contemporary Geographical Issues)
Weather & Climate
URBAN MICRO-CLIMATE
Ecosystems
SAND DUNE SUCCESSION (Psammosere)
SUCCESSION ON COLLIERY SPOIL (Lithosere)
PLAGIOCLIMAX INVESTIGATION – Comparison of vegetation in an area of open grazed moorland with vegetation in an exclusion plot (non-grazed)
WOODLAND MANAGEMENT – An investigation into the structure of the climatic climax community and the effects of management
World Cities
REGENERATION OF CARDIFF BAY – An evaluation of the success of the regeneration scheme, considering social, economic and environmental implications
URBAN DECLINE & REGENERATION IN EBBW VALE – A look at the issues associated with urban decline, and strategies employed by local and national government to regenerate the area
4A
(Geography Fieldwork Investigation)

Fieldwork investigations for this unit may be based on any of the above studies, or any listed in the summary document; other possibilities can also be explored (e.g. energy issues etc.) –please ask.