Water and the Carbon Cycle
Global Systems and Global Governance
Population and the Environment
NEA (Non-Examined Assessment) – you are required to undertake an independent investigation which must incorporate a significant element of fieldwork (there will be the opportunity to complete 3 days of fieldwork within school time). This can be based on human or physical aspects of geography, or a combination of both and may incorporate field data from fieldwork collected individually or in groups. You will need to contextualise, analyse and evaluate your work to produce a report that demonstrates required fieldwork knowledge, skills and understanding.
Component 1: Physical Geography – 40% of the A Level – written exam
Water and carbon cycles, Coastal systems and landscapes and Hazards
Component 2: Human Geography – 40% of the A Level – written exam
Global systems and global governance, Changing Places and Population and the Environment
Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation – Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) – worth 20%
GCSE Grade 6 or above in Geography
Why choose Geography:
Geography is all around us every day and everywhere and to be a good global citizen you will need to develop your understanding of the world we live in. Geography is a unique subject because it looks at both the physical structure of the planet and the social structure (i.e. how we affect our environment and how it affects us) in the past, present and future. Employers love the mix of technical and social skills people get from studying geography, which they see as very transferable. Geography A-level is also a facilitating subject, which means that it can be useful for a whole range of university courses and will help you keep your options open. Geography is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning, or collecting and interpreting data such as town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, and weather forecasting. The army, police, government, research organisations, law and business world also love the practical research skills that geographers develop and because geographers learn about human and population development, geography can be useful for jobs in charity and international relations too.
Skills and progression:
Across the A Level course you will investigate how the planet influences people and how we are, in turn, having a dramatic influence on the planet. The course includes 4 days of fieldwork to collect data both for the local place study in Hythe and trips to other locations in Kent to collect data for the coursework element of the course. There may also be an opportunity, during the course, to go on a residential trip abroad, in the past we have run this trip to Iceland. Geography will help you develop your communication and teamwork skills and will enable you to develop your research and analysis skills which means you will be able to collect and look for patterns in data.