Geography

Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – AQA

Course Description

Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It’s hands on, it’s relevant, and it’s fun.

Our physical and human geography topics cover a wide range of exciting and dynamic global issues including hazards, water and carbon cycles, coastal systems and landscapes, population and the environment, global governance and changing places. You will have the opportunity to do you own fieldwork investigation on any geographical topic which interests you, researching independently and building on your skills to produce a report which is worth 20% of your final grade. To help you with this we will do plenty of fieldwork including a two day residential at Leeson House in Dorset (coastal and urban regeneration) and local fieldwork around the Salisbury area including rivers, carbon sequestration, infiltration rates, traffic counts, interviews, environmental quality surveys, footfall and noise pollution.

Geographers are amongst the most employable university graduates. The subject links the arts and sciences and is highly flexible in terms of subject combinations at A Level and the course options available at higher education level. Many geographers work in sustainability, environmental services, human rights, international relations, education, global health planning, town planning, water management, cartography, GIS, conservation, tourism and weather forecasting. The army, police, government, research organisations, law and the business world also love the practical research skills which geographers develop.

Assessment


80% Examination
20% Coursework

General Entry Requirements

5 GCSE qualifications with minimum grade 4

Subject Specific Requirements

Level 4 – Mathematics

What Our Students Think

“Geography is an interesting and exciting subject to study. The freedom of the coursework topic gives a feeling of independence. The fieldwork varies your studying and is a lot of fun!”
Skye, previously Gillingham School