Geography is subject that is both fascinating and intellectually challenging in addition to being one of the facilitating subjects recommended by top Universities (Russell Group). The most recent HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) survey shows that Geography graduates show a very low unemployment rate (7.4%) compared to the national average (8.9%) (2011).
Students follow a contemporary Geography course that has been developed in consultation with the Geographical Association, Royal Geographical Society and leading HE institutions. The course is designed so that students are inspired by the world around them, gain enjoyment and satisfaction from their geographical studies and understand their relevance in the dynamic world in which we all live and work.
Although desirable, it is not essential for A Level students to have studied GCSE Geography, as the department has an extremely successful record with students who are extending their GCSE studies and those who wish to return to the subject at this stage.
Topics studied will include: global hazards, landscape systems, climate change, globalisation, governance and geopolitics, urban and rural regeneration, coastal or glacial processes and management, the carbon and water cycles and how these relate to water and energy security, ecosystems and population and migration issues.
Individual and group research occurs throughout the course via a number of class and fieldwork exercises culminating in an individual fieldwork investigation. This enables the students to become adept in the use and application of skills and new technologies as well as improving as critical and reflective learners aware of the importance of attitudes and values, including their own.
Grade 6 in GCSE Geography guarantees a place on this course.
Please note that applicants must also meet our overall entry requirements of scoring at least a total of 42 points (simply add up all your GCSE grades) and achieve a Grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Mathematics.
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Travel and Tourism or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE, which could lead onto higher education in areas of geography, humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go on to a job related to geography and work as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE 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.