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Geography

Geography is a far-reaching and all-encompassing subject that focuses on diverse issues relating to the human and physical world in the past, present and future. It is relevant to all aspects of our lives and explores largely contemporary issues with reference to a range of scales including local, national and global. Consequently, it is an extremely exciting and dynamic subject, which combines approaches from both social and physical sciences.

Subject content

At A Level you will study a balance of human and physical geography topics. In physical geography you will study natural hazards, coastal systems and landscapes, and the water and carbon cycles. In human geography you will look at global governance and global systems, changing places, and population. You will also complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by you relating to any part of the specification content.

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Geography on EDEXCEL

Specific entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 or above in Geography.

Learning methods

The course includes a mixture of teacher-led and student-led strategies including group work, presentations, independent research, fieldwork and the use of ICT and GIS (Geographical Information Systems). Geography is a subject that demands hands-on, practical approaches, as well as the academic rigour that makes it such a high status subject.

Assessment

The A Level is assessed by three exams, one physical (30%), one human (30%) and one based on a geographical issue linking the course content (20%). The remaining 20% will be assessed through coursework.

Equipment and additional costs

Warm and waterproof clothing. £200 for a field trip (approximate).

Progression opportunities

Geography combines equally well with both arts and science subjects, so our students go on to study a number of different courses at university including geography, biology, environmental sciences, law, philosophy, sociology, business, medicine and architecture. Geography students are in great demand by employers due to the wide range of transferable skills that they acquire. Career areas could include sustainability, energy supply, retail location, urban regeneration and urban design, managing hazards, climate change, marine biology, global economics, teaching, human rights, construction and conservation.

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