Geography A Level enables you to study current global issues and discuss the challenges of the 21st Century. It will build upon work you have completed at GCSE and introduce to more new topics. Fieldwork, geographical skills and teamwork are essential parts of this course and it will include a week in Snowdonia in order for you to develop your investigative skills and collect data for the coursework element. At A Level, the course is divided into 4 areas of study and 8 topics.
The A Level independent investigation will be the coursework element involving fieldwork and research. This will help prepare you for the demands of higher education or employment. You will be able to choose a topic related to any aspect of the geography contained within the specification. Geography complements all other subjects as it covers such a vast range of transferable skills and knowledge. The world we live in is changing and geography allows you to see why and how we are having an impact upon the planet. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy, ICT literacy, spatial awareness, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness. Geography graduates will be found in numerous different careers having lower unemployment rates than average so taking it as a subject will just help keep your options open. Geography will help you understand the complex world we live in and the role of geographical knowledge in explaining current issues is increasingly recognised by businesses and governments. It is a facilitating subject and welcomed by the top universities. “Of all subjects it is geography that best draws together the techniques of research, planning, communications and presentation that employers demand today.” (Director of Transport Research).
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Geography and a grade 6 or above in GCSE English Literature or GCSE English Language.
This course can be studied as part of the Valley Park Curriculum offer where students within the Valley Invicta Academy trust may avail of courses on offer in our partner schools across the trust.