Whether you’ve studied it at GCSE or not, Geography is a good general subject and keeps your future options open. We cover a wide range of topics and teach a number of skills that make our students highly desirable for universities and employers. We look at some of the contemporary issues that our society faces in the 21st century and get the opportunity to study these out in the field on the four compulsory days that all our students must complete.
What will I study?
Over the two years, you will study both human and physical geography topics and also complete an individual investigation into your chosen area of research. There will be three exams at the end of the second year that contributes a total of 80% of the overall grade. Our studies of the natural environment include tectonics, coasts, water security and energy issues. The human geography topics include globalisation, regenerating places, superpowers and identity and migration. A Geography A-level ensures you leave with a greater understanding of the world we live in. All students complete a compulsory individual investigation that is worth 20% of your grade and can research into either an aspect of the natural world, human world or how the two interact. It is opportunity for you to learn more about the part of Geography you love.
There are four compulsory fieldwork days to be completed across the two years so it is a great opportunity for students to study outside of the classroom and gain practical skills. Recent visits have included locations such as Liverpool and Sefton Dunes.
Where might it lead?
Many of our students continue their studies in Higher Education. Some study Geography by itself or combine it with another subject as a Joint Honours degree. Others study a Geography related course such as Environmental Management, American Studies or Town Planning. The list is almost endless. Whatever your chosen path after A Levels, Geography will provide you with opportunities to develop those all-important key skills that are appreciated by universities and employers.