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A-Level

Geography

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In today’s rapidly changing world the role of geography is of paramount importance. It involves the examination of environmental, social and economic changes and issues in both human and physical environments.

Exam Board

WJEC

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in GCSE English language or English literature.

Assessment

  • 80% Exams
  • 20% Coursework
An introduction to Geography Presentation About this course Pathways Information

What is Geography?

We inhabit a dynamic changing world posing many challenges. Geographers develop an understanding of the causes and solutions to the global issues we face. Global population is growing, and with increased affluence driven by the process of globalisation, the world’s resources are under increasing pressure. Oceans are becoming overfished and increasingly polluted. Ecosystems and habitats are being destroyed which reduces the natural carbon sinks, thus limiting the planet’s ability to regulate the effects of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations. In turn, leads to climate change that is increasingly causing unpredictable extreme weather events. Global migration to areas of growing economic activity is concentrating populations in areas, some of which are prone to natural disasters such as earthquake, volcanoes, tsunamis, and hurricanes.

 

What will I study?

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. You will be investigating the physical and human processes operating in different places and environments, and discovering how these can change over time

The topics studied in human geography are changing places, global migration, governance of the oceans, energy challenges and 21st century challenges. You will also develop data collection and analysis skills throughout the course which will help you in the completion of an ‘independent investigation’ that forms the coursework component. You will develop on understanding of how people interact with the environment and the impact that we have on our environment at a range of scales. You will consider how decisions are made about the use and management of places and resources, and the impact that different approaches can have.

 

Trips, visits and enrichments:

  • Field trips locally, nationally and internationally
  • The department has run additional trips to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the world. Locations have included: Iceland, India, Kenya and USA

 

What can it lead to?

Former students work as environmental impact officers, conservation officers, flood protection managers, climate and location analysts, urban regeneration planners, surveyors and heritage managers.

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