A rapidly changing world makes Geography a vital, dynamic and lively subject to study.
Geography A level is varied, topical and essential for an understanding of the world you live in. You will study the spread of diseases such as Ebola, the tectonic forces that shape the earth’s surface and the complexities behind global migration.
The course is a mixture of physical and human geography and provides an opportunity to carry out fieldwork in the UK as well as overseas. You will also carry out an individual independent research project.
Geographers are involved in investigating and solving the environmental concerns of climatic change, sea level change, pollution, population growth and landscape degradation. Understanding some of the processes behind the changes and being able to predict possible outcomes means that you will gain important skills necessary to contribute to the management of these issues in the future.
As a Geographer you will develop excellent skills in both numeracy and literacy as well as learning how to create and design your own maps using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
"I enjoy learning about diverse places such as Detroit and The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Lessons are engaging, and I enjoy the variety of teaching styles including discussing topics and using mini whiteboards." Samantha Brain, Geography student.
You will study ‘Changing Spaces; Making Places’ which looks at the dynamic and multi-layered understandings of places. You will also investigate coastal landscapes exploring the coastlines of Dubai and Dorset and learn about the Earth’s life support systems – its carbon and water cycles in the Arctic and the tropical forests.
You also take a module in Investigative Geography with a field trip to Norfolk to support your learning and your independent work on your own project. There will be an optional overseas study tour in July.
You will study contemporary topics of Migration and Power and Borders – studying places as diverse as south Sudan and Syria. Additionally you will study in depth: Disease and Hazardous Earth. In these themes you will investigate some of the most complex problems facing us – resource insecurity and climate change as well as the role of globalisation.
GCSE grade 6 in Geography AND grade 4 in Mathematics.
GCSE grade 6 in English, Language or Literature AND grade 4 in Mathematics [must also have minimum grade 4 in Geography, if studied]
The majority of students progress to higher education. However, the skills you acquire will also be useful for employment. Many of our students go on to study Geography at University or related courses such as Environmental Science or International Development.