Geography

A Level

KEY FACTS

Qualification Type

A Level

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in English and 5 in geography if studied at GCSE.

Assessment

80% examination and 20% coursework based on fieldwork.

Opportunities for Work Related Activities

Fieldwork, including the opportunity for a foreign visit or residential. Several day visits to local sites
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.

Course Overview

Modules/Units

Unit 1: Physical geography Hazards, Coastal systems and landscapes, Water and carbon cycles
Unit 2: Human geography, Global systems and global governance, Changing places, Contemporary urban environments
Unit 3: Geography fieldwork investigation, Geographical skills

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. All students will be required to study on a field trip as part of the course.

Careers

Geographers are good communicators with a range of transferable skills. They are numerate and good problem solvers so they are highly valued in a 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