Geography is a key subject which allows you to link elements of Humanities, Science and Social Science. This new course builds on the skills and knowledge gained at GCSE, but is equally accessible to students who did not follow a GCSE course in Geography. Your interest in the world around you and the issues facing our planet will be the main focus of the course through studying the key areas of environmental change and looking at how to manage them. Keys areas of study are: coastal landscapes, changing global economies and settlements, tectonic hazards, environmental management of water and biomes, population movement, oceans, ecological management and African development. You will also have the opportunity to develop a wide range of practical skills through field work visits and personal research both of which will contribute to your final assessment.
GCSE Geography 5 grade or above should have been achieved. If GCSE Geography was not studied, then grade 5 or above in a humanities subject or grade 5 in English. Students must be committed to meeting deadlines, working independently and carrying out research. Students should be able to produce essays, analyse data sources in different forms, be well organised and manage their workload correctly.
Fieldwork is an integral part of the A level course and students should be prepared for the additional costs this will involve and the requirement to be responsible in catching up on any work missed in other curriculum areas during the fieldwork
Geography combines well with all other areas of the curriculum. The skill set you build as an A-level Geographer is highly valued by employers and course leaders in Higher Education. Geographers are able to use, present and interpret data in a wide range of ways including, numerical, cartographic, textual and pictorial. This allows students to consider many areas of study or employment such as; planning, marketing, cartography, estate management, law, retailing, conservation, travel and leisure, transport management, logistics etc. University courses in Geography are popular and require high grades for admission because they offer good opportunities for future employment.