Geography

 

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. Climate Change, the issues and challenges of International migration, environmental degradation and the challenge of living in a more hazardous world, show that geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Whatever your passion for the world, whether it be fascination with landscapes or concerns about social inequality, geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and academically.

COURSE CONTENT

You will develop and apply your understanding of geographical concepts, interpreting our changing world; develop your awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments at scales from local to global; be able to recognise the challenges of sustainability and the implications for your own and others’ lives; develop critical and reflective thinking and appreciate the importance of attitudes and values in decision-making; become confident in the use and application of skills and new technologies through your geographical studies both in and outside the classroom. AS level geography will be ‘de-coupled’ from A level to become a standalone qualification for the first time from 2016. Core physical themes are water/carbon cycles and landscape systems. The Core human themes are global systems/ global governance and changing place/ changing places. There will be a minimum of two fieldwork days at AS and this will be examined and four days for A level.

Teacher-assessed independent investigation at A level will count for (20%)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

You can go on to study Geography or a Geography related degree. Geographers often go on to work in careers associated with tourism, town or rural planning, the environment, hydrology, meteorology, coastal geomorphology, geology, forestry or agriculture. Geographers also develop skills (ICT, decision making etc.) that are sought after in most areas of employment. Geography is a subject that incorporates Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences, so students could combine it in various ways: Science combinations like physics, biology, maths and geography; Arts combinations like english, history, art and geography; other combinations like business studies, french, drama and geography.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

B grade in Geography at GCSE.