Without Geography you’re nowhere!
Although, it’s better to have a G.C.S.E. in Geography, it is possible to study Geography without it. However, you do need to have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the environment and current ‘happenings’, and a willingness to explore new ideas. Above all you need to be enthusiastic!
Who is this course suitable for?
This course will appeal to students who; Have an interest in and concern for the environment. Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences. Want the opportunity to carry out fieldwork outside of the classroom e.g. in Newcastle and at the Holderness Coast. Benefit from a variety of assessment techniques. Enjoy the balance between physical, human and environmental interests and key geographical topics. Want to broaden their A level studies to cover both sciences and humanities. Want to keep their options open; Geography is a good qualification for a wide range of higher education or career choices.
The content has a balance between physical, human and environmental areas and key geographical topics. You will develop an understanding of the changing world and how different people and processes can impact on these changes.
Fieldwork and research skills
Fieldwork and research are key features and through these a number of related skills are developed, such as interpreting data, team working, decision making, problem solving and presentation techniques. These will be useful not only in Geography, but across your subjects. In year 2 you get to choose a topic area that interests you and study it in depth as part of your Non-Examined Assessment.
How to be an independent learner
You will experience a wide variety of learning experiences. For example, you will be using thinking skills, philosophy, mind mapping and concept mapping. This will help you to become a confident, independent learner!
Why this Geography course?
This is a contemporary, relevant Geography course for the 21st Century. It is designed to address key ideas and debates in our world today such as climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration and management of the world’s resources. You will explore a range of issues and examine potential solutions to them.
Grade B (5/6) in Geography or a Humanity and ideally in English as well
What type of student is this course suitable for?
The most obvious answer is that you must have an interest in how the world functions both in the human and physical realm and want to be able to make a difference by analysing the choices made at different scales from local to global. You must be academically minded, there is a lot of content to be understood and learned.
A successful A level Geography student will need to be self-motivated, be able to work both independently and within a team. You must be willing to read around your subject as geography is changing 27/7.
Where could this course take you?
GCE Geography is made up of human and physical topics so you can go on to study Geography arts of science at degree level. Environmental studies and politics are also very popular. It’s a course that works well with Biology, Economics or Politics. You could move into jobs working with the environment with the government; for example the Environment Agency or join Non Governmental Organisations like WaterAid. One of our past geographers is working for the Ministry for Defence in London on their mapping teams!
What our students say
“We look at different events in the news and link them to what we are learning in the classroom. It has helped me understand how the world works!” Year 12 Student