Geography is seen as one of the most facilitative subjects you can study at A Level, as it combines humanities and science-based knowledge to unlock the mysteries of our world. If you are interested in applying scientific principles to help understand and ultimately manage the Earth and natural resources, and combining that with human interactions, then this is the course for you!
At its core, geography delves into the physical aspects of our planet. It helps us fathom the forces that shape our landscapes, from the movement of glaciers to the powers of extreme weather events and climate change. Our planet is currently undertaking rapid change threatening all life on Earth as we know it. In order for us to influence the current environmental trends, whether that be climate change or ecological extinctions, we first must understand Earth systems and cycles. You will develop an understanding of how different events and cycles, within the environment are associated, how they influence subsequent environmental events, the human impacts on these events and cycles, and the strategies that can be used to minimise the problems caused.
Geography also goes beyond the physical realm; it is equally about understanding the people who inhabit our planet. It explores demographics, cultures, societies and fosters a deep appreciation for diversity. This cultural awareness is invaluable in a world where interconnectedness is the norm. By having an understanding of people and societies it will allow you to understand more complex challenges such as poverty, inequality, migration and resource scarcity. By studying geography, you gain insights into the root causes of these issues and can contribute to sustainable solutions.
Whether you are passionate about social justice or environmental conservation, geography provides a roadmap for change.
Topics and units
There will be three examinations at the end of your second year of study:
There is also a 4000-word piece of coursework which is worth 20% of the qualification.
Work placement opportunities:
Royal Geographical Society, Environment Agency, Soil Association, Government agencies
Careers and progression
Progressing to: Higher education humanities courses. Can support many other study areas such as biology, business studies and economics.
Aspirational careers: Environmental consultant, landscape architect, cartographer, surveyor, tour guide, urban planner, conservation officer
5 GCSEs at grades 9-4, including maths (minimum grade 4) and English language (minimum grade 5). If taken at GCSE, a minimum grade 4 in geography. If GCSE geography has not been taken, you will need to discuss your motives for wanting to study the subject.
As part of the course, you will be required to complete a 5-day compulsory residential trip to the Lake District at the end of your first year of study. Day trips and possible trips abroad are optional.
All students enrolled on A Level Geology and/or Geography will also be enrolled in the Geoscience Community.
To have a holistic view of Earth and society, it is highly recommended to study geography alongside geology. Geography also combines well with politics, economics, business, philosophy, psychology and sociology.
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