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Geography: A-level

Qualification: A-level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and Grade 5 or above in GCSE Geography. Students who have not studied Geography at GCSE should have an average GCSE score of 5 to take up this subject.

 

Innovation and enquiry

We believe in an enquiry approach to geographical education, promoting independent learning through research, analysis and presentation of results. This mirrors many work based situations and offers lots of transferable skills.

We have a strong programme of fieldwork, making good use of the local area but also locations further afield–including a Year 12 residential trip to the Lake District.

We are a quietly innovative team, having previously won the Geographical Association Bradford Award for Innovation in 2007.

In 2018 61% of our students achieved A*, A or B grades.

 

The course

Physical geography

  • Water and carbon cycles.
  • Coastal systems and landscapes.
  • Glacial systems and landscapes.
  • Hazards.

Human geography

  • Global systems and global governance.
  • Changing places.
  • Contemporary urban environments.

Geography fieldwork investigation

  • Fieldwork requirements (non examined assessment).

Geographical skills

  • Geographical skills checklist.

Beyond the classroom

Past activities have included:

  • Year 12 residential trip to the Lake District to investigate a glaciated landscape and develop fieldwork skills. Includes work in Keswick and Kelham Island, Sheffield.
  • Year 12 coursework pilot study–data collection in Sheffield.
  • 2016 winners of the Yorkshire & Humberside Shell Bright Ideas competition.
  • Involved with the University of Sheffield ITT students, who have placements at Silverdale and organise activities, such as field workdays.
  • Lectures at the University of Sheffield.
  • Students are encouraged to attend the local branches of the Geography Society and the Royal Geographical Society.

You can read about why Geography A-level is soaring in popularity in this Guardian article.

 

Progression

Geography A-level is an enabling subject facilitating access to the Russell Group of universities. At degree level geography is an extremely diverse subject, including many things not offered in a school curriculum. Geography fits well with a range of other subjects for joint honours degrees, especially a language.

There are many other potential courses and careers which may follow on from Geography A-level. For example, law, journalism, teaching and lecturing, local and national government, travel and tourism, resource (heritage and landscape) management, conservation, overseas development and environmental services.