The A Level is made up of 3 components: Physical Geography; Human Geography; Fieldwork. The aim of the course is to use contemporary case studies to examine key themes and Geographical issues.
A relevant curriculum: At a time of growing concern about climate change, shrinking energy resources and global poverty – Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study.
Location: St. Wilfrid's Sixth Form College
Course Level: Entry
Duration: 2 Years
Good geographical subject knowledge and skills. And an interest in global issues. We will expect you to have at least the following:
- GCSE Geography minimum grade 5
- GCSE English and Maths at a good grade
The A Level has 2 exams at the end of the second year.
- Physical Geography 2 hours 30 minutes- 40% of A Level, 120 marks (a mixture of multiple choice, short answer questions and extended prose levelled response answers)
- Human Geography 2 hours 30 minutes- 40% of A Level, 120 marks (a mixture of multiple choice, short answer questions and extended prose levelled response answers)
One piece of fieldwork (must attend 4 days of fieldwork – 2 days of Human Geography, 2 days of Physical Geography)
- Geographical Fieldwork Investigation- 20% of A Level, 60 marks, 3,000-4,000 words – completed throughout the course.
Many Universities require A Level Geography for their degree requirements including:
- Earth Sciences
- Geography and Geology
- Leisure and Tourism
Oxbridge and ‘Redbrick’ Universities suggest Geography is an ‘enabling and facilitating and facilitating’ subject. It was named as a traditional academic subject that challenges and enables pupils to achieve.
Geography can be used in a variety of careers in a variety of fields including:
- International Relations
- Flood Management
- Urban Planning
- Meteorology (Weather Forecasting)
- Hazard Management