Helen JacksonHead of School
Why should I study Geography?
Why should I study this subject?
Geography is the study of the interactions between humans and their environment. We learn about how humans utilise and are affected by the world around them and study critical issues such as natural hazards, coastal processes and landforms, urban change and global security from a range of angles and viewpoints.
Better understanding of these issues will help us to live more sustainably and improve our quality of life and wellbeing. The wide-ranging nature of geography ensures that your lessons are varied and interesting and appeals to students with many different interests including science, the arts and humanities. You will develop many skills including graphicacy, essay writing, analytical and evaluation skills as well as improving your communication, ICT and teamwork skills.
What will I study?
In Year 12 you will study a balance of Human and Physical Geography which includes Tectonic and Storm hazards, Coastal Systems and Landscapes Physical topics, and Changing Urban Environments for the Human topics. Your course will also include two
fieldwork days and the study of graphical, statistical and map skills.
In Year 13 you will undertake a larger independent fieldwork investigation and an additional two days of fieldwork, using the skills developed in Year 12.
What are the entry requirements?
Level 5 in English Language and B in Geography with a minimum average GCSE point score of 4.8.
What skills do I need?
- Written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to summarise, interpret, explain, describe, examine and compare.
- Numeracy skills including gathering data from a variety of resources, creating graphs and manipulating data.
- Research and reading skills including finding relevant information from the internet, selecting relevant information from a range of resources and evaluating information.
- The ability to work independently with a resilient and focused attitude is essential.
How will I be taught?
During the course you will have the opportunity to work in small groups, pairs and independently. Lessons will take a variety of different formats, including debates, presentations, problem solving and knowledge and understanding assessment activities.
How will I be assessed?
Y12 – Two x 1 1/2 hour exams (50% each)
Y13 – Two x 2 1/2 hour exams (40% each)
One x internally assessed/externally moderated coursework (20%)
What will the course prepare me for?
Geography A-Level will prepare you for a variety of university courses in Geography or related subjects. In addition, you will develop many transferrable skills which can be used in other subjects or in the workplace. For example the ability to consider issues from a variety of different angles will improve your decision making skills, whilst your fieldwork experience will demonstrate your ability to plan, time manage, analyse and carry out an independent investigation.
How much private study should I expect to do?
We expect that during Year 12 you will complete approximately 4.5 hours private study per week, which may increase during Year 13.
What materials will I need to purchase?
A ring-binder or lever-arch file, lined A4 paper, pens and pencils, ruler, sharpener, eraser, calculator.
What is the exam board?
This subject is for you if…
you have an inquisitive nature; you are interested in how places differ, how the environment influences people’s behaviour and how people change places to suit their needs; you are interested in developing your understanding about how current global issues can be linked to geographical theories and concepts.
This subject is not for you if…
you are not interested in current world issues and you are not interested in other places or people; you are unwilling to work hard and to persevere when you get stuck; you are not willing to learn new skills, visit new places or challenge your own assumptions.