Geography

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion. The content will challenge perceptions and stimulate investigative and analytical skills. 

Course Overview
Year 1

Unit 1 - Physical Geography

Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes – Coastal zones are dynamic landscapes which develop by the interaction of winds, waves, currents and sediments. Study the diversity of coasts and their importance as human habitats.

Section C: Hazards – Hazards such as volcanic, seismic and storm affect human populations. Study the origin and nature of hazards and how people respond to them

Unit 2 - Human Geography

Section B: Changing places – Studying how people engage with places and their experience of them. Embed studies in two contrasting places.

Section C: Contemporary urban environments – Urban growth and change presenting social and environmental challenges for human populations. 

Year 2

Unit 1 - Physical Geography

Section A: Water and carbon cycles – The focus is on major stores of water and carbon at or near the earth’s surface and the dynamic relationships associated with them. These are major elements in the natural environment and understanding them is fundamental to aspects of physical geography. This section develops geographical skills including observation, measurement and geospatial mapping skills including those arising from fieldwork.

Unit 2 - Human Geography

Section A: Global systems and global governance – Focus on globalisation and the economic, political and social changes. Trade and access to markets. 

Progression

Geography is a good bridge between science, humanities or arts subjects. Employers value geography students decision making skills, their numeracy and understanding of the need for sustainability.

Careers

Geographers are good communicators with a range of transferable skills. They are numerate and good problem solvers so they are highly valued in range of careers. Typical jobs include: Environmental science and management; urban planner/community development; cartographer; GIS specialist; climatologist; writer/researcher; teaching; emergency/disaster management; demographer; marketing; national park ranger; hydrologist; marine conservation; coastal and river management; traffic analyst; housing officers

It's a wonderful world. Geography gives you the knowledge to help keep it this way.

Matthew Champion

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

A grade B in English and a B in geography if this has been studied at GCSE.

Assessment:

80% examination and 20% coursework based on fieldwork. 

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Fieldwork, including the opportunity for residential.

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