Why choose Geography?
Where is the most hazardous place on earth? Why do children starve in a world of plenty? What will the outline of Britain look like if sea levels rise due to global warming? Why are the tropical rainforests so species rich? Where are the hottest, driest, coldest and wettest places on earth and why? Which people live the longest and why? If any of these questions interest you then you should consider doing Geography! Geography is all about studying the interactions that occur between people and their environments. As such, it deals with many contemporary issues of global importance and is underpinned by a concern with finding ways to develop sustainably.
Teaching and Learning Styles
Much of the course is centered on case studies to help students gain a better understanding of both the concepts covered and their applicability to global events. Students are provided with a range of activities in lessons to help maintain engagement and understanding. Classrooms are well equipped with digital projectors, class sets of text books and a computer room specifically for humanities subjects. In addition, the department has invested in visual learning aids and some fieldwork equipment to allow students the opportunity to collect data out in the field for the NEA. Teachers in geography are specialists and have considerable teaching and examining experience.
Alongside classroom based learning, all students complete 4 days in the field. One day is spent investigating the regeneration of Birmingham and 3 days are spent collecting data for the NEA in the Lake District in June of the first year. There is also an optional field trip in the second year providing the students with the opportunity to visit Iceland- land of Fire and Ice!
We will be running the Pearson Edexcel Specification. As part of this specification, the assessment structure is as follows:
Paper 1: Physical Geography 2h 15min (105 marks) 30% of the A level qualification.
Paper 2: Human Geography 2h 15min (105 marks) 30% of the A level qualification
Paper 3: Synoptic Paper 2h 15min (70 marks) 20% of the A level qualification
NEA (non-examined assessment) 4000 word approx. report on an area of geography that you wish to study. 20% of the A level qualification.
Many of our students go on to study Geography or related subjects at university. Geography combines well with most other subjects especially Geology. Employment in the use of geographical information systems (GIS) continues to be a big growth area and we have had a number of recent students go on to research and work in this field.
Geography encompasses a range of topics including geopolitics, deprivation, climate change, human rights, statistical data evaluation and the science behind physical systems like the water cycle and glacial systems. Therefore, it lends itself well to both the sciences and humanities. Geography is still highly regarded and is considered a facilitating subject. Students thinking of doing geography will find that having geography A level or degree will open many doors into a range of fields such as oceanography, conservation, environmental Law, urban planning and design alongside agronomy and meteorology.
Course Specifics / Entry Requirements
|Qualification Name||Maths GCSE Req.||English GCSE Req.||Other Req.||Desirable Qualifications||Skills & Attributes Required for Success||Guidance on Costs or Commitments|
|Geography||4||5||Refer to department if not taken at GCSE||GCSE Geography at grade 6 or above is desirable. If not, refer to department for advice.||Interest in both physical and human geography and in current affairs.||Year 1 – local trips: approx £15-20. AS trip to North Wales (£100) and other optional field.|