AS/A Level Geography
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Studying Geography provides you with a broad range of knowledge and skills due to the varied nature of content and the links to both the scientific and arts based subjects. The content of A Level geography is split into 2 main areas:
- Physical Geography
- Human Geography.
Physical Geography looks at the various systems, processes, hazards and landscapes on the earth. Human Geography looks at other aspects of the world where humans are having major impacts such as places, governance and resources.
Geography is seen as a valuable academic subject by employers and universities because of the rich skills, knowledge and understanding you will get from the study of it. Geography is viewed by universities as a facilitating subject, which means that it is likely to be a preferred subject for a wide range of university courses.
Studying Geography aligns very well with lots of other subjects for example English, Maths, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Business Studies.
The full 2-year syllabus covering Physical Geography
• Water and carbon cycles
• Hot desert systems and landscapes
• Coastal systems and landscapes
• Glacial systems and landscapes
• Ecosystems under stress
The full 2-year syllabus covering Human Geography includes:
• Global systems and global governance
• Changing places
• Contemporary urban environments
• Population and the environment
• Resource security
The college teaches the AQA A Level specification for Geography and teaches
this over 6 hours every week.
There will be 2 exams at the end of your AS and A2 years, one that focuses on Human Geography and the other on Physical Geography.
You will carry out a fieldwork investigation and submit coursework on this. This will form your non-examined assessment and makes up 20% of your final A2 grade.
In addition to these formal assessments, your knowledge and skills will be tested in a variety of ways throughout the year to track your progress including:
• Frequent topic tests
• Mock assessments
• Practical assessments
People who study Geography at A Level and wish to take their study in this field further often go on to study a BA in Geography or one aspect of it such as Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Studies or Marine Studies. It is also a subject that is popular as a joint-honours course because of the wide range of topics that it covers. For example universities advertise courses in Geography & Anthropology, Geography & Archaeology, Geography & Politics, Geography & Physical Education, Geography & Business Management and Geography & Education.
There are many careers that are based on an excellent knowledge of geography such as cartography, jobs to do with the environment including conservation and sustainability, town and transport planning, creating and using geographical information systems, international relations and development and tourism. Geography teaching is also a popular career and is currently one of seven priority subjects which means that there is extra financial and other support for people training to teach in this area.