Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments and so bridges the social sciences (Human Geography) with the natural sciences (Physical Geography). A Level Geography will enable students to develop an understanding and knowledge of different geographical concepts and processes. It will raise awareness of current issues over the use of resources, the impact and management of hazards, changing urban and physical landscapes, our global interactions and the environmental impact of our globally growing population.
Year 1 (AS COURSE): During the AS course or first year of the A-Level, you will study a combination of physical and human geography; Coastal Landscapes, Contemporary Urban Environments and Changing Places. In addition geographical skills will be embedded throughout the course which will include fieldwork, map and statistical skills.
Year 2 (A-level): During the second year you will study: Hazards, Water and Carbon Cycles and Global systems and global governance. Students following the A-level course are also required to produce an individual geographical investigation worth 20% of the A-level course. This will involve undertaking 2 days of fieldwork for the AS course and 4 days across the A-Level.
Since 2013 we have enjoyed a 100% pass rate and in 2015, 97% of students achieved A*-C in A-Level Geography. The Geography department is well resourced and adopts a wide range of teaching styles to promote active learning. Students participate in online learning, discussions, presentations as well as taking lead role in decision making and problem solving exercises.
There is a compulsory residential field trip in March of the first year which costs approximately £200.00
What else can you do on this course?
In addition to classroom studies, visiting speakers from universities and industry supplement the student experience and we run a compulsory residential trip to Blencathra in the Lake District. There will also be opportunities to carry out additional fieldwork more locally. We offer the opportunity to take part in an overseas residential trip. Locations include Iceland, Sicily and New York.
To be considered for entry onto our A Level courses you should have:
Three Grade 5s (Bs) plus two Grade 4s (Cs) including Grade 4s in English Language and Maths plus a high average GCSE point score and any individual subject requirements.
Maths GCSE grade 5/B
Students have entered a wide range of degree courses, as well as progressing to directly linked courses in Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Estate/Environmental/Coastal/Groundwater Management, Surveying and Agriculture. Students have also used Geography as a qualification for entry to Law, Management Sciences, Business, Architecture, Medicine, Veterinary and organisations such as DEFRA.