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Geography

Geography is an academically robust subject which spans the social and physical sciences and promotes a lifelong interest and fascination in how the world works.

The knowledge and transferable skills that geographers gain from their A level studies are highly relevant to the workplace. You will find geographers working in every sector of the economy including the City, local businesses, not-for-profit organisations, leading highly relevant research or as key decision-makers in local and national government.

Studying geography also helps us to understand many of the issues we face in Britain and globally, such as how we might respond to the impact of climate change, be better prepared for natural hazards, the impact human activity has on the environment and the inequality of wealth around the world. It is the new research undertaken by geographers that is informing the debate about these challenges and helping us to navigate through the world’s geographically complex people, places and environments with the aim to improve the planet.  If you are concerned about the plant and what to be able to make informed decisions about how to protect it both now and in the future then geography is a subject for you.

Qualification

A level Geography

Awarding body AQA

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5 or above in both maths and English. Grade 5 or above in Geography GCSE

Year 12

Water and Carbon cycle systems – looks at two of the earth’s major systems and how they interact to influence each other and the rest of the earth system

Coastal systems – looks at the development of distinctive coastlines due to local and global variations and how these can be managed in the future.

Changing Places - This section of our specification focuses on people's engagement with places, their experience of them and the qualities they ascribe to them, all of which are of fundamental importance in their lives.

Population and the Environment – This optional section of our specification has been designed to explore the relationships between key aspects of physical geography and population numbers, population health and well-being, levels of economic development and the role and impact of the natural environment.

Year 13

Hazards – looks at the management of tectonic (earthquakes and volcanoes) and weather hazards (Tropical storms and wild fires) in different locations around the world

Global systems and Governance - This section of our specification focuses on globalisation – the economic, political and social changes associated with technological and other driving forces which have been a key feature of global economy and society in recent decades.

Personnel Investigation (NEA) – You chose the aspect of the syllabus you wish to investigate further through the setting of hypothesis and collection of data to develop your own conclusions.

Assessment

Two written exams (2.30hrs each) which make up 80% of the final mark (40% each) with 30 -40 % based on knowledge, another 30 – 40% based on understanding and a final 20 -30% based on your ability to draw your own conclusions.

The personnel investigation (NEA) carries 20 % towards the final mark.

I chose geography A-level because it was a subject that I have always enjoyed learning about from first starting school. I think geography is important to get a better understanding about the physical and human world that we live in and how to protect it.
Year 13 student

Why study geography?

Geography is an obvious choice for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change. For careers in the world of business, an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare, then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues such as; how do we measure development? What are the consequences of migration on societies? 

I personally chose A-Level geography not only due to my interest in the topic but due to its current and future relevance to the ever-changing world (whether that be climatic change or human development) and it's a subject in which I feel will be safe and sustained for when I'm searching for job opportunities...
Year 12 student