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!

Assessment

The assessment structure is as follows:
Paper 1: Physical Geography 30% of the A Level qualification.
Paper 2: Human Geography 30% of the A Level qualification
Paper 3: Synoptic Paper 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.

profile student

Megan Hart

Geography - The De Montfort School
After a year of A Levels at my previous school, I decided I wanted a change and opted to move to Worcester Sixth Form College for the challenge of a new setting, versatile subject choices, and the independence that comes with being a College student. I chose A Level Geography after enjoying it at GCSE and taking interest in the modules offered as part of the course. I also knew Geography was a well-recognised subject by universities and felt it would support A Level Biology, especially through fieldwork skills and interlinking topics, such as the water and carbon cycle. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenges Geography has offered me as well as the diverse topics which are covered over the two years, from learning about Geo-politics and globalisation to learning about glaciated landscapes and climate change. I believe the knowledge I have gained specifically from the physical content as well as fieldwork skills I have acquired will support me in my future studies and plans. Next year I plan to go to university to study Marine Biology.

Progression Opportunities

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 NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Geography45Refer to department if not taken at GCSEGCSE 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.

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