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Geography - A Level

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Useful Information
Students should have an interest in the natural and human world, be good at written and spoken communication and enjoy discussion and working with others.

Course Overview
The world we live in is changing. Geography allows us to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy skills, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team-work and problem solving skills, as well as environmental awareness. “Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.” Source RGS Students will cover a wide range of topics and experience a variety of learning and teaching approaches.

Course Highlights
Geography students study a range of Human and Physical topics and explore how their own actions can relate to the wider world. Students will undertake geographical fieldwork and research as well as develop their geographical skills and their confidence in working with statistical techniques. Physical topics: Tectonic hazards and processes; Coastal landscapes and change. The water cycle and water insecurity; The carbon cycle and energy insecurity. Human topics: Globalisation, Regenerating Places. Superpowers, Geopolitics and Health, Human Rights and Intervention. The A Level course includes university taster days to the Royal Holloway and a compulsory field trip within the UK. This forms an essential part of exam preparation and coursework at A Level and does involve a financial cost. Please contact the Geography Department if you require further information.

Career Opportunities & Further Study
Many of our students go on to take a degree in Geography or a closely related subject. Employers like Geographers because they develop skills in literacy, numeracy, IT and spatial awareness; additionally they develop team skills and can articulate and analyse complex problems. Geography is an excellent facilitating subject for any professional career. Studying Geography opens up a wide range of careers, including Environmental Management, Business and Marketing, Planning, International Relations and Geographical Information Systems. Teachers will be able to advise students about university entry and careers of an environmental or geographical nature.

The A Level is 20% coursework and 80% examination based, with three papers sat in May/June.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. In addition, there are different entry requirements for students with and without GCSE Geography:

Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 5 in Maths, plus Grade 4 in both Core and Additional Science and Grade 5 in Geography, if taken

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