Geography at A Level is a stimulating subject, and of special relevance to those who want to make sense of the complex, interconnected globalised world in which we live. Baroness Chalker the current president of the Royal Geographical Society, holds the view that "the role of geography is increasingly important in today's changing and complex work and is critical to solving the next generation of challenges".
The department runs one Post-16 A level course following the Edexcel specification. Students will study the following topics:
Paper 1: tectonic processes and hazards, the water cycle and water insecurity, the carbon cycle and energy security and coastal landscapes and change.
Paper 2: students will study globalisation, superpowers, rebranding places and migration.
Paper 3 is a synoptic investigation of a geographical issue,
while the remainder of the course is made up of a 3000-4000 word independent investigation on a relevant topic of interest to the student.
Paper 1 – 2 hour examination (30% of the qualification, 90 marks)
Paper 2 – 2 hour examination (30% of the qualification, 90 marks)
Paper 3 – 1 hour 45 minutes (20% of the qualification, 60 marks)
Coursework – Independent Investigation (20% of the qualification, 60 marks)
Sixth Form entry requirements, including Geography GCSE or an equivalent GCSE humanities subject at grade 6 and English Language or Literature at GCSE grade 6.
Geography is a subject that complements most other A Level courses offered. It crosses academic boundaries, sitting comfortably with science, arts, humanities and languages and will add breadth to any course combination.
Geography covers a broad range of topics and skills and its graduates are highly sought after in the workplace. While the subject has a direct relevance to careers such as planning, conservation and environmental consultancy, an increasing number of geography graduates are now entering banking, advertising, business consultancy or ICT-based occupations. While these careers may not appear to be geographically related, they utilise the types of analytical and interpretive skills that geography students possess.