Geography

The aim of the Geography Department is to ensure that all students develop an appreciation of how people interact with the environment around them.  In simple terms, Geography is the study of where places are, what they are like and what life is like in them.

Our aim in the Geography Department is to help to make students more aware of their global citizenship status. We investigate many issues facing the world today including coastal erosion, the loss of the tropical rainforests, Global warming, globalisation and migration and focus on how we can manage these issues sustainably. These issues, as well as traditional geography, are taught throughout the key stages.

Facilities

  • Specialist teaching classrooms
  • A wide range of specialist fieldwork equipment
  • DVDs and interactive materials to exemplify the topics being studied.

A level Geography

Course Details

First Year:

  • Coastal Systems and Landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Changing Places
  • Geographical Fieldwork Investigation and Skills

Second Year:

  • Water and Carbon Cycle
  • Global Systems and Global Governance
  • Resource Security
  • Geographical Fieldwork Investigation (Coursework)
Link to course specification

Assessment

AS

Unit 1

1½ hour exam

Physical geography and people and the environment

50% of AS-Level

Unit 2

1½ hour exam

Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation

50% of AS-Level

A2

Unit 1

2½ hour exam

Physical geography

40% of A-Level

Unit 2

2½ hour exam

Human geography

40% of A-Level

Unit 3

Coursework report

Geography fieldwork investigation

20% of A-Level

Enrichment opportunities

Students will go on a residential field trip to Yorkshire for four days, and there will also be various trips during the two years to increase data collection methods.

Student quotes

“Geography lessons are really great!  Resources are different and learning is fun! Lessons have a range of activities in them.”

“I am really glad I chose Geography for A level.  I find the topics interesting and challenging, and I am really looking forward to the field trips.”

Progression

You can do pretty much anything with Geography!  A Geography degree would lay a good foundation for jobs such as surveying, accounting, teaching, law, banking and finance and many, many more opportunities!

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