Geography: A Level

Who do I speak to? Miss. McKinley

Why study Geography?

• Geography is both a natural science, teaching students about the natural processes that shape our world, and a social science, teaching students about how people interact with each other and the environment

• Geography teaches you skills that are valued by universities and employers, such as interpreting maps, graphs, images and text. You will be able to present your ideas clearly and make decisions.

What’s it all about?

This course allows you to cover both Human and Physical Geography. This means that everyone finds something they are interested in and the course prepares you for all of the different degree options available:

Human Geography

1. Changing places 2. Population and the environment 3. Global systems and governance

Physical Geography

1. Water and carbon cycles 2. Hazards 3. Coastal systems and landscapes

Students will also learn how to carry out geographical investigations, which involves fieldwork experience. In year 12 we will practice investigations as a group to prepare students to carry out their own investigations in year 13.

When will I be assessed?

The AS level qualification has two exams:

Physical geography (50%) is a 1/12 hour written exam – Water and carbon cycles and hazards

Human geography and fieldwork investigations (50%) is a 1/12 hour written exam – Changing places and fieldwork investigations.

The A Level qualification has two exams:

Physical paper (40%) is a 2½ hour written exam

Human paper (40%) is a 2½ hour written exam

The A-level also includes a 4,000 word geography fieldwork investigation (20%).

What could it lead to?

• Geography is known as the ‘queen of the sciences’ and has links with many other subjects such as geology, environmental science, anthropology, international politics etc. Many universities offer qualifications, which combines geography with other subjects

• The skills acquired through studying geography mean that students can be successful in a range of careers, such as travel and tourism, sustainable energy supply, international charity work, urban planning, volcanology.

Additional entry requirements?

• Students require at least a C grade in GCSE Geography.