‘Geography is one of those richly comprehensive subjects whose relevance is all around us. Where we come from, what we eat, how we move about and how we shape our future are all directly the province of the geographer. More than ever we need the geographer’s skills and foresight to help us learn about our planet - how we use it and how we abuse it.”
Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore the physical properties of the earth’s surface and the human societies spread across them. Geography is therefore, in essence, the study of the world around us, and just as the world is continually changing, and so is Geography. Consequently, Geography is a dynamic, vital and lively subject. Being able to understand some of the processes behind these changes and being able to predict potential outcomes means Geographers have important skills necessary to help manage the future of the planet. Over the course, you will develop an understanding of the processes causing the current migration crisis, global warming, famine in Africa and rising sea levels. It is perfectly possible to study Geography at A-level without Geography GCSE, so please do not let this put you off if you want to know more about the world in which we live.
We will be studying the Welsh Board (Eduqas) A Level Geography curriculum and will be learning about the following topics:
Topic: Some key questions:
Tectonic hazards: How does the structure of our Earth cause volcanic and seismic events?
Can we predict earthquakes?
What factors determine the vulnerability of a population to a volcanic eruption?
Global governance: In which ways has our world been shrinking?
Why has there been a recent dramatic rise in refugees?
Who owns our oceans and what geopolitical conflicts have arisen over their use?
Global systems: What is a system?
How are the carbon and water cycles connected?
What is the link between the increased store of carbon in our atmosphere and recent increases in extreme weather events?
Glaciated landscapes: What causes glacial periods?
How have glaciers shaped the UK landscape?
What impact is human activity having on glaciated areas?
Development in Africa: How is desertification blighting the lives of millions of people in Africa?
What is the resource curse?
How can we promote development in Africa?
Weather and climate: Why is it frequently cloudy and rainy in the UK?
What are the causes and impacts of hurricanes?
Why are cities often warmer than their surroundings?
Changing places: When people think of Sheffield, what do they imagine? How is this image shaped by film, songs and the media more generally?
How is the knowledge economy and technology shaping places today?
How are places ‘branded’ in order to attract visitors?
The Academy’s general entry criteria of a minimum of five 4s at GCSE apply. A minimum of 4 in English Language is needed to study Geography at A Level.
Whether you want to help prevent climate change and natural disasters, or improve quality of life and overpopulation, a geography degree will equip you to make a difference in the world. Your understanding and interpretation of complex issues will stand you in good stead if you choose to specialise in a specific geographic discipline, but equally allow you to work in other careers and industries. Some modules you may study are:
Environmental change: Past and present
Health, space and justice
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Wilderness and habitats
Natural resource management
Water science and management
Sustainable development: Nature and city
Globalisation and regional development
Geography is considered one of the broadest subject areas. And, it has one of the highest employability rates of all undergraduate degrees!
As a graduate you’ll be an attractive candidate for most jobs thanks to your range of transferable skills, including problem-solving, critical thinking, data analysis, technical computing, and team working.
If you want to put your degree to direct use, you could work in:
town and transport planning
conservation, sustainability, and geoscience
tourism, ecology, and environment
international aid and development
cartographer and GIS consultancy
But, don’t forget all those interdisciplinary skills you’ll be learning, which could set you up for a career in:
accounting and finance
logistics and distribution
IT and computing
government and NGOs
business and management