Geography (A Level)
Why study Geography?
Are you aware that in the next few years, there will be a crisis in supplies of energy, food and water as well as in housing, employment, and transport – and that’s here, as well as in parts of the world where there is real poverty or rising risk of natural
disasters. These are issues that will have to be dealt with by YOU in your future career. Information on world events also has to be clearly understood and accurately expressed so that decision-makers and the general public understand the details.
In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:
- GCSE English – grade 4
- GCSE Maths – grade 4
- GCSE Science – two grade 4s (or one grade 4 + Merit in Level 2 BTEC/OCR Science)
No previous knowledge of Geography is required. You will be required complete transition work over the summer to hand in at enrolment. Without this, you may not be able to take your place on the course
You will study the big global issues of water, climate change, hazard management and risk assessment, and the impacts of global economic and environmental changes. You will be looking at sustainable development for people, improved quality of life in areas of poverty, conservation of natural environments, how technology is changing what we are able to do, and how the world may change in your working lifetime as new superpower nations make more of the decisions which affect everyone
You will study world problems using newspapers, maps, statistics, photographs, satellite images, video and digital information. Time is spent in class/group discussion or individual study of a problem and the weighing up of management solutions. You will be given help in sorting information, making notes, analysing the main points, evaluating the situation, and clearly presenting it in text or diagram form. Lots of trips and outside speakers give a more detailed investigation of issues, such as investigating the risk of the River Lea flooding in Luton. You will also have the opportunity to study tetonic activity in Italy.
We recommend that you devote 4.5 hours of private study time per week to this subject.
Career and Progression Opportunities
A Level Geography has high academic value at good universities and graduates are recognised as some of the most employable – often in government or business decision-making in finance, marketing and tourism, as well as environmental consultancy, landscape architecture, meteorology and planning. Geography supports applications for many science-based university courses like Engineering, Environmental Science, Oceanography and Meteorology; or degrees such as Business, Law, Media, Politics, Urban Planning, International Development and International Relations. Students may also go straight into employment training, e.g. law, business, accountancy and journalism.
Course Structure and Assessment
This is a two-year course, with examinations taken in June at the end of the second year.
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Additional non-core topics
Coursework – independent investigation
As stated in the Entry Requirements section, no previous knowledge of Geography is required. What is more important is that you should have an enquiring mind, an interest in the environment and current affairs, a willingness to learn details and to write effectively.
Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel