4 in GCSE Geography (if taken)
4 in GCSE Science
4 in GCSE English Language
What will I study
Students will study a range of different dynamic topics in both human and physical geography. This will include regenerating places, globalisation, superpower geographies, resource management which will include water security and energy security and migration, identity and sovereignty. Students will also complete an in-depth investigation into an aspect of a topic of interest. This will be completed on a five day compulsory residential field trip that takes places off site in an unfamiliar location.
How will I be assessed?
Students will complete three written exams at the end of year 13.
Paper 1 is the physical geography paper which is worth 30%. Students will be assessed on tectonic processes and hazards, coastal landscapes and change, the water cycle and water insecurity and the carbon cycle and energy security.
Paper 2 is the human geography paper which is also worth 30%.
Students will be assessed on globalisation, superpowers, regenerating places, migration, identity and sovereignty.
Paper 3 is a synoptic assessment of geographical skills, knowledge and understanding (within a place based context) from compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course. It is worth 20% of the final grade.
The final 20% of the course is made up of a coursework based independent investigation.
Is this subject for me?
A-level geography is a diverse course where students will learn often through lecture and seminar style lessons. The course also requires lots of independent learning, including students taking part in a field trip where they construct and carry out their own investigation. Students will have an ability to debate and ask geographical questions, keep up with current affairs, carry out regular wider reading and develop their essay writing skills.
Where can this lead me?
There are many courses that students can go on to at university. For example BSc Geography (physical geography), BA Geography (human geography), natural hazards, environmental science, geology. Geography A-level and Geography degrees are very well recognised by employers and can lead you into a wide range of different careers. For example teaching, town planning, environmental consultant, international aid/development worker, transport planning, landscape architecture, jobs within the tourism industry and many more.
What else is there?
There is a compulsory trip that will be carried out over five days at a field study centre in the West of England. A cost will be incurred for this trip, however there is bursary support available for qualifying students. There will also be opportunities to carry out local fieldwork and support on year 9 and 10 practice field trips too which will look great on your CV and UCAS application.