Geography

As a subject that spans both the Sciences and the Arts, Geography makes a great combination with most subjects at A Level as well as an excellent academic discipline on its own.

The world we live in is rapidly changing and Geography provides the opportunity to see why and how it is changing. It enhances communication skills, literacy and numeracy, team working, problem solving and environmental awareness. Rarely a day passes without news channels reporting on geographical subjects such as housing shortages, geopolitical tensions or environmental conflicts. The Geography Department has great staff and we are proud of exceptional A Level results generated by a positive and engaging atmosphere within the Department.


Why Choose Geography

  • Pursue a Geography or Geography related degree such as City Planning, Countryside Management, Water Management or Future Energy Security
  • Progress to a wide range of careers in sectors including Environmental Management, Conservation, Charity Development, Leisure and Tourism, Law or Politics
  • Develop core skills such as fieldwork, essay construction, team-working, marketing and presentation

Exam Board

Further information on the Geography A Level can be found on the Edexcel website. 


Course Content

AS Geography:


Unit 1 – Global Challenges – The World at Risk & Globalisation (compulsory topics)


Unit 2 – Geographical Investigations:


  • Option 1 – Crowded Coasts

  • Option 2 – Rebranding Places

A2 Geography:


Unit 3 – Contested Planet

Topics studied include: 

  • Energy security
  • Superpower geographies
  • Water conflicts
  • Bridging the Development Gap
  • Biodiversity under Threat
  • The Technological Fix

Unit 4 – Geographical Research:


  • Option 1 - Tectonic Activity and Hazards

  • Option 2 - Cold Environments – Landscapes and Change

  • Option 3 – Life on the Margins – the Food Supply Problem

  • Option 4 – The World of Cultural Diversity

  • Option 5 – Pollution and Human Health at Risk

  • Option 6 – Consuming the Rural Landscape – Leisure and Tourism

Assessment:

Each of the four units are 100% Examination based. 

Trips, Activities and Extension 

AS Geography Residential Field Trip, Snowdonia

Students have the opportunity to participate in a residential fieldtrip to Snowdonia in order to practice fieldwork techniques collecting, analysing and evaluating primary and secondary data. These techniques are examined in Unit 2: Geographical Investigations under two optional topics, Crowded Coasts and Rebranding Places. Crowded Coasts is about the ways in which coasts attract people and the consequences of that growth, mainly focusing on specific case studies of UK coastlines. Rebranding Places is about the way in which urban and rural places are re-developed and marketed in order to gain a new identity and how successful these places have been in this quest.

Geographical Association Lectures

Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to attend a selection of Geographical Association Lectures listening to experts in subjects such as How natural are natural disasters, China, More than just the One Child Policy and How to grow a planet.

Guest Speakers

The Geography Department regularly welcome guest speakers and inspirational visitors who pass on their knowledge and often amazing world experiences, adding depth to the curriculum. Previous speakers have included Matthew Blake who cycled 48,000 kilometres around the world and Albert Koomson, Headmaster of The Alpha Academy in Accra, Ghana.