Subject Area: Humanities
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson
Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and GCSE Maths are required. GCSE Geography at grade 4 or above is also required if taken.
What will I study?
So many of the world’s current issues – at a global scale and locally – boil down to geography. Global warming as it affects countries and regions, food and energy security, the degradation of land and soils from over-use and misuse, the causes and consequences of migration, and the impacts of economic change: these are just some of the challenges facing the next generation, which geographers must help solve.
Geography allows you to see how and why the world is changing. It can enhance environmental awareness, problem solving, communication skills, IT skills, numeracy and literacy. There is a strong emphasis on research and investigation in this course, with a minimum of four days fieldwork.
FIRST YEAR OF A LEVEL
Physical geography – Tectonic Processes and Hazards; Landscape Systems, Processes and Change.
Human geography – Globalisation; Shaping Places.
SECOND YEAR OF A LEVEL
Physical geography – The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity; The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security.
Human geography – Superpowers; Global Development and Connections.
Geography uses a wide range of transferable skills which means that geographers are highly employable.
Geography can lead to a great variety of degree courses, such as Geography with Management, Environmental Management, Environmental Geology, Geography, Tourism, Urban and Rural Planning, Transport Management, Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Meteorology, Landscape Architecture, and Cartography. Geography students are among those gaining greatest satisfaction from their studies, and geography graduates have a relatively low level of unemployment. This is underlined by the Russell Group universities, along with the Minister David Willetts MP, who both recognise geography as one of the key ‘facilitating’ subjects for entry to degree level study.