This broad, yet engaging subject will develop your understanding of the processes that have shaped planet Earth. From the global scale through to the local, geography is an ever-changing discipline tackling issues like climate change, coastal erosion, volcano management and population change. Whether you prefer the physical side or the human, A-Level Geography opens the door to university-level courses and beyond, providing not only detailed subject knowledge, but also giving you key employability skills such as presentation, research, analysis and self-management skills.
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As a student you are studying a range of humanities, science or language based subjects; it truly is an amalgam crossing over the subject boundaries. It keeps a global perspective whist referring to the local. Current world issues are explored via plenty of case-study material and if you still care for the practical, the fieldwork opportunities are there to enable you to learn in a range of outdoor environments.
As with all A Level subjects you must have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which should be in English.
I addition to this, A Level Geography requires a B grade in either Geography, English Language or History. Students will be studying a range of statistical tests so a GCSE grade B or above in mathematics would be an advantage.
Topics of study:
- Coastal landscapes
- Tectonic hazards
- Changing places
- Water and carbon cycles
- Global governance: change and challenges
- Economic growth and challenge: India
- Fieldwork investigation and compulsory 3000-4000 word report
- Geographical cartographic, number, statistical and graphical skills
Teaching in a well-resourced dedicated room , small group sizes, outstanding staff, close tutorial support and fieldwork opportunities.
There is a compulsory 4 day fieldwork element to the new A Level specification and this is carried out via a 6 day away stay at the Field Studies Centre at Orielton, Pembrokeshire S Wales in the Easter vacation. Students have to meet the cost of this course which is circa £330 (including travel, insurance, food and expert tuition by the Orielton FSC staff). As well as practicing all of skills required of the Eduqas specification, the students will also be designing their report question and gathering the necessary data to enable the student to write up their 3000 to 4000 word report in the Summer Term. Local day out fieldtrips are also carried out with the emphasis on the changing place and impacts of globalisation.
European fieldtrips are also on offer – Bay of Naples and Sicily as two recent examples.
Fieldwork opportunities both in Cornwall, the U.K. and Europe add to an exciting, lively learning environment!
This course leads naturally to university-level courses, whether subject related or not. Recognised as a 'facilitator' subject by Russell Group universities, Geography allows students to progress to the top 20 UK universities. This is in part due to the transferrable skills students gain while on the course. Geography candidates have the ability to plan, collect and analyse primary data; synthesise and evaluate a variety of data sources, and target plan and progress through their own learning journey. These are valuable commodities also favoured in the work-place.
Geography paves the way for many multiple career paths including:
•Teaching; Primary, Secondary and Further Education, HE research, Management in a whole range of sectors including finance
•Planning; City, Council, Resource Planning
•Cartography; OS Mapping, Geological Mapping, Population Mapping
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.