The study of this subject is for those of you who are interested in geographical matters, from ecosystems, mountains and weather to cities, people and cultures. During your studies, you will use as many different resources as possible to discover more about the physical and human impact of various geographical events, including current issues such as global warming, climate change, international conflicts and sustainability.
Geography applicants should have five GCSEs at grade C or above (grade 5 or above) in academic subjects, including GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths, of which two must be B grades (grade 6). It is not necessary to have Geography GCSE to study this subject at A Level.
The AS course consists of two physical and two human modules: Rivers, Floods and Management, Coastal Environments, Population Change, and Energy Issues. In addition, there is a skills-based paper, using skills developed throughout the year (for example, cartographical, statistical and fieldwork investigation skills).
The A2 course comprises study of at least three modules from Plate Tectonics and Associated Hazards, Ecosystems: Change and Challenge, Globalisation and Contemporary Conflicts and Challenges. There is also a Geographical Fieldwork Enquiry paper based on a fieldwork investigation.
During this course you will investigate and evaluate a wide range of topics using real life situations, from urban growth in the West Midlands and London to heavy flooding in Bangladesh, flood management in China, as well as volcanic eruptions in Chile and Italy.
These issues affect all of us throughout the world, drawing together a diverse range of countries, nationalities and cultures in the quest to solve some of the problems that face the planet today – population increase, greenhouse gas emissions, famine and poverty on the one hand, compared with over-production and opulence on the other.
Assessment is purely by examination in May and June (there is no coursework).
Those students whose A Levels include Geography may continue to study this subject at university, or study a related subject such as Geology, Social Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Planning or Archaeology.
An AS or A Level in Geography is a widely recognised and well-respected qualification, welcomed by employers and universities who appreciate that those with an A Level in Geography must have good communication and analytical skills, as well as a degree of practical application. It can lead to a wide range of careers including journalism, teaching, media and work with environmental agencies worldwide.
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