GEOGRAPHY A LEVEL
“There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography”
– Royal Geographic Society.
With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration and disaster relief, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geographers are also highly employable and studying Geography can lead to specific careers such as becoming a volcanologist, GIS analyst and disaster management specialist, as well as being a good academic subject to prepare you for university or the world of work. Whatever your passion for the world, fascination with landscapes or concerns about social inequalities Geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills. It will help you to build your teamwork skills, your research and fieldwork skills, as well as support you in using a range of ICT and specialist fieldwork equipment.
The course is broad and wide ranging, covering aspects of human, physical and environmental geographies. It is a 2 year A Level course which is made up of 3 components:
• Component 1: Physical Geography
• Component 2: Human Geography
• Component 3: Geography Fieldwork Investigation
The topics that are covered are Coastal Systems and Landscapes, Hazards, Changing Places, Water and Carbon Cycles, Global Systems and Global Governance and Contemporary Urban Environments. For A Level each student completes an individual investigation of 3,000–4,000 words which must include data collected in the field - this is Component 3.
There are two written exams worth 40% each, with one human and one physical paper. There will be at least four days of fieldwork and there is an independent piece of coursework based on this fieldwork, worth 20% of your A Level.
• Highly preferable to have studied at GCSE level and to have achieved a grade 5 or above.
• A grade 5 or above in GCSE English and Maths
• Preferably a grade 5 or above in GCSE Science or a Distinction in BTEC
Geographers are among the most employable university graduates.
Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university. In 2015 The Guardian identified geography as the 'must-have A Level'.
Geography is a broad based subject which provides lots of opportunities for future progression. For example, geography is an obvious choice for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change. For careers in the world of business, an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare, then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues such as; How do we measure development? What are the consequences of migration on societies? If you are working towards a future course in medicine or veterinary medicine then geography is a good choice to give your A Level options the breadth that universities seek, as you will gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health and survival of people, animals and ecosystems as well as enhancing your skills of writing essays and extended reports.
Source: Royal Geographic Society