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You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above with at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English Language. You will need a grade 5 in GCSE Geography.

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2 academic years

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  • 100% A-Level Pass Rate in 20 subjects

The world we live in is changing, Geography allows us to see why and how it is changing.

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Overview

The world we live in is changing. Geography allows us to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy skills, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team-work and problem solving skills, as well as environmental awareness.

Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. The Russell Group report published in 2011 names geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university. In 2015 The Guardian identified geography as the 'must-have A Level'.

What will I study?

So, what will you study at A-level? You will cover both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It will also, importantly, show the applied side of the subject - how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research, which will help you become an independent thinker and learner. By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.

You will learn in a wide variety of ways, using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photos, videos, and podcasts, as well as attending lectures, study days and field studies. You will be encouraged to frame your own questions using higher level thinking skills and show your grasp of complex issues through report and essay writing. Fieldwork will be an essential part of your A Level course and will require you to undertake a research investigation of your choosing, collecting your own evidence and reaching your own conclusions.

Geography students study a range of Human and Physical topics and explore how their own actions can relate to the wider world.  Students will undertake geographical fieldwork and research as well as develop their geographical skills and their confidence in working with statistical techniques.

Physical topics:

  • Tectonic hazards and processes
  • Coastal landscapes and change
  • The water cycle and water insecurity
  • The carbon cycle and energy insecurity.

Human topics: 

  • Globalisation
  • Regenerating Places
  • Superpowers
  • Geopolitics and Health
  • Human Rights and Intervention.

You will also study Fieldwork which is a compulsory part of the A-Level Geography programme. This will be for at least 4 days.

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above with at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English Language. Please note that for A-Level Geography you will need a grade 5 in GCSE Geography.

 

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by written exams. There are three written examinations at the end of your programme. One of these focuses on your Fieldwork and allows you to conduct an investigation.

What can I do next?

Most students go onto university to study for a variety of geography related degrees. The subject combines well with both humanities and science subjects and is relevant in a wide variety of careers including environmental management, planning, finance, tourism and teaching.

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Career Options

Geoscientists

Geoscientists or geologists study the structure of the Earth and how it was formed and shaped over time. They also explore its natural mineral and energy resources, and analyse rocks to uncover its history. If you are fascinated by the planet we live on and you would love to study it, this could be a good career choice for you.

To do this job you should have strong spoken and written communication skills. You will need to be able to work on your own and as part of a team. You might also need to be away from home for long periods.

To work as a geologist you will need a degree in a relevant subject. Some employers may ask for postgraduate qualifications.

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