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, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study.
Geography is a two year course including three examinations to be taken at the end of year 13 and an independent investigation, completed during the latter part of year 12, early part of year 13.
- Unit 1 will include: Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Landscape Systems, Processes and Change, Coastal Landscapes and Change, The Water Cycle and Water insecurity and The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security.
- Unit 2 topics will include: Globalisation, Shaping Places, Diverse places, Superpowers and Global Development and Connections (including health, human rights and intervention).
Three examinations to be taken at the end of year 13 and an independent investigation, Unit 4 (independent investigation) is a non-examined assessment worth 20% of the qualification, which will take the form of a fieldwork investigation. The investigation may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification. The investigation will be internally assessed and externally moderated and between 3000-4000 words in length. There is a residential trip to Somerset in order to prepare for the independent investigation.
5 GCSE grades at 4 or above including English and preferably a grade 5 in Geography, although grade 4 may be accepted after discussion with the Geography department.
Students can go on to study Geography or related subjects at university. Geography is a well received A-Level by all universities, regardless of the subject of the degree.