Geography’s subject content is stimulating and broad, covering a range of physical and human geographical themes, from tectonic hazards to migration. Geography at A Level is highly respected, and the Russell Group of Universities classify Geography as a facilitating subject i.e. one that is recommended to be taken in preparation for Higher Education.
We follow the AQA specification and we do not enter students for AS examinations. Terminal examinations are sat at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 sees students studying Physical Geography, with natural hazards, coastal landscapes and the water and carbon cycles being explored. Paper 2 has a Human Geography focus, and students engage with the dynamics of cities, migration, the changing image of places, as well as globalisation and international decision-making.
Twenty percent of the overall marks are based on the assessment of a 3,000-4,000 word coursework project. To complete this, students will conduct fieldwork investigations in Dorset in the first week back after the Easter break. . Students stay there for four days, and are supported not just by the staff at MGS, but also by well qualified and highly experienced field work experts at Leeson House, Swanage. Students formulate their own coursework question, and they develop a host of data collection skills over the course of the trip. Students will enhance their data interpretation skills as well. The skills developed are excellent preparation for Higher Education, and are highly valued by employers.
Over the course of the two years, students will be supported by dedicated and well qualified staff. The subject is a popular choice at A Level, and its students are typically successful. Indeed, the most recent data showed that 70.5% of students achieved A*-B grades.
To study this course, you should have a Grade 6 in Geography at GCSE. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.
You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses, which could lead onto Higher Education to study Geography, other areas of Humanities, Science or more general Higher Eeducation courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Geography such as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. This is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.