About the course
Geography is a subject that seeks to understand the Earth and the effects that human activity is increasingly having on it.
The first year of the course looks at many of the challenges facing the world at the present time such as the impacts of natural hazards, migration and climate change. The second year moves on to examine many contentious world issues, including global energy supplies and growing water shortages. Research skills will be developed throughout the course.
This A-level will particularly appeal to you if you like asking questions and finding answers. You will learn to think independently so that you can understand geographical issues from a variety of viewpoints. You will also learn that there is rarely a single correct answer in this subject!
Geography is a very visual subject and so a wide range of materials will be used, ranging from maps and photographic images to websites and DVDs. Recent geographical events will be incorporated into the course and students will be encouraged to follow them on the news.
Will this subject suit me?
The ideal student would be curious about the world around them, have an interest in global as well as local issues and be keen to explore the growing impact of people on the natural world.
Previous study of Geography is not essential.
Personal study time
A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self- directed research as well.
A Level Geography
What students say about this subject
"We cover a lot of interesting topics in plenty of detail."
"Staff are always willing to help."
"We have good discussions."
"There is a nice relaxed atmosphere that helps me learn."
"I like the varied teaching methods used."
To study 3 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
To study 4 A Levels: 6 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above, including English Language and Maths
Additional Requirements: GCSE Grade 4-9 in Geography (if taken)
Where can it lead?
Many A Level students choose to go on to study Geography at degree level. This will prepare you for a wide variety of careers including water resource or coastal management, town planning, conservation, recreation management or G.I.S. designer maps on computers.