A-Level Geography

Course Title Geography
 SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTSGrade 5 or above if studied at GCSE.  A student who has not studied geography at GCSE may be considered if they have high GCSE grades and a genuine interest in the subject.

This course appeals to those who found the subject interesting at GCSE and are looking for the challenge of studying new topics. It is a contemporary academic course. 

Physical Geography - We start with coasts and a field trip to collect data, this is used to develop students' report writing skills.  Other topics include plate tectonics and the importance if water and carbon today.

Human Geography - We look at issues that face the world today. Topics such as cities, global trade and climate change are used to understand the links between countries. Regular class discussions develop an awareness of current affairs and a second field trip to Manchester develops data handling skills.

Fieldwork - This is an essential part of the subject; academic theory taught in lessons is applied to the real world. Students develop vital transferable skills such as: team-work, problem solving, good organisation, data handling, report writing and leadership skills.

EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTSAll work is assessed by exams apart from the investigation. This coursework is submitted as a document and is worth 20% of the full A level qualification.
SKILLS, LINKS AND PROGRESSIONGeography forms a bridge between the sciences and the arts. Degrees in geography are well respected; they can open the door to a wide range of careers or specialist study. Geographers have an increased awareness of the world and an understanding of people that is valued by many employers such as the services and the police. Good powers of analysis, numeracy and report writing are developed.