Geography is an incredibly diverse and interesting subject that complements a range of different A levels, including History, Economics, Sociology and Science subjects. You will develop an excellent range of transferable skills, and be well prepared for Higher Education and career pathways, supported by your strong understanding of the world around us.
If you are interested in the environment, concerned by world poverty, global warming, acid rain and the ozone problem. If you want to explore the key issues that arise from the interaction of people with their environment. This course is for you.
A Level Geography involves the study of topical and important aspects of human society and our physical environment. You will develop an in-depth understanding of human topics like globalisation, migration and regeneration of urban areas, while physical topics include coasts, glaciation and tectonics. You will also have the opportunity to conduct independent research and data collection on a topic of your choice through the coursework element of the qualification.
The course is broken up into the following sections:
Physical geography 1. Water and carbon cycles 2. Hot desert systems and landscapes 3. Coastal systems and landscapes 4. Glacial systems and landscapes 5. Hazards 6. Ecosystems under stress
Human geography 7. Global systems and global governance 8. Changing places 9. Contemporary urban environments 10. Population and the environment 11. Resource security
Geography fieldwork investigation 12. Fieldwork requirements 13. Investigation requirements
Geographical skills 14. Geographical skills checklist
The course is assessed in two ways. Students will need to complete an examination at the end of each year as part of the 2 year course. They will also need to carry out and complete an individual investigation which must include data that is collected in the field.
Students with a strong interest in world events and current affairs (particularly related to human and physical geography) and who enjoy discussion, reading, research and essay writing. Students will need to achieve a grade 5 or higher in English and Maths. They will also need to achieve a grade 5 or higher in Geography.
Specific careers related to Geography include environmental management and consultancy, town planning, chartered surveying and project management. Geography graduates have an above average employment success rate due to the range of skills they develop including oral communication, delivering presentations, report writing, problem-solving, analysis, data interpretation and critical thinking.