Course overview

In today’s rapidly changing world the role of geography is paramount. As a geographer, you will examine environmental, social and economic changes and issues in both human and physical environments. You will gain an appreciation of the challenges that contrasting environments present, both now and in the future.

Geography is a very broad subject and compliments a wide range of other A level courses, particularly; geology, biology, sociology, history as well as English and mathematics.

What will I study?

Your knowledge and understanding will be developed through various means, including; discussion, written resources, analysis of maps, diagrams, graphs, photos, information technology, video extracts and a minimum of 4 days of directed fieldwork activities to both train you in data collection, analysis and presentation skills and to explore case studies in depth.

Your study of A level geography will be delivered in two areas, physical geography and human geography In physical geography the topics you study are tectonic hazards, glaciated landscapes, water and carbon cycles and the weather and climate. The areas looked at in human geography cover, changing places, global migration, governance of the oceans and energy challenges.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Fieldwork trips are in both local areas of Stourbridge and Birmingham, as well further afield, in Snowdonia, North Wales
  • In recent years the department has run optional overseas trips to Iceland, USA and India

What can it lead to?

Many of our students go on to study at degree level and geographers develop a wide range of key skills that make graduates some of the most employable. Former students have gained careers in the following areas, environmental impact officer, conservation officer, flood protection manager, climate analyst, location analyst, GIS information specialist, urban regeneration planner, surveyor, expedition leader and heritage manager to name a few.

Special entry requirements

We have no additional entry requirements for this A level.

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