WHAT IS GEOGRAPHY?
A-level Geography involves the study of relevant, topical and important aspects of the human and physical world around us.
WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
Geography requires a real interest in world events and is particularly suited to students who like to keep up-to-date with issues in the news. Geography complements a wide range of different A levels, including history, economics, business studies and some of the science subjects.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM GEOGRAPHY?
You will develop an in-depth understanding of a range of topics, including classic physical topics such as coasts, glaciation and tectonics through to human topics related to globalisation, migration and regeneration of urban areas. Some crucial contested planet issues are also covered, particularly looking at the water and carbon cycles and our global security for drinking water and energy. Independent research and data collection on a topic chosen by the student is also possible through the coursework element of this new linear course.
HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?
Assessment is through examinations and coursework with 80% of the final marks from examinations.
WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
If you are interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of a range of human and physical geography topics then Geography may be the subject for you!
WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN GEOGRAPHY?
Careers with an A-level in Geography are very broad, but in particular opportunities exist in areas like environmental management, utilities, town planning, surveying and project management. Geographers are highly sought after and have an above average employment success rate due to the range of skills they develop including oral communication and delivering presentations, report writing, problem solving, analysis, data interpretation and debating. A-level Geography will effectively prepare you for progression to university and employment.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
TECTONIC PROCESSES AND HAZARDS: the cause, impact and management of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami around the world, using contemporary case detail and complemented by the optional field trip to Iceland in the second year of study.
WATER CYCLE AND WATER INSECURITY: the unequal distribution of water around the world and why this leads to concerns over human development, health and possible conflict.
CARBON CYCLE AND ENERGY SECURITY: the renewable and non-renewable energy debate, looking at non-conventional sources and how the geo-political issues around supply and power are managed.
CLIMATE CHANGE FUTURES: understanding the causes of natural and anthropogenic climate change and how man is tackling the challenges we face across the world to secure a sustainable future.
COASTAL LANDSCAPES AND CHANGE: the processes that form coasts and how man works with the natural world to manage coastal environments for all its stakeholders.
GLOBALISATION: how globalisation is rapidly changing all aspects of our world – socially, economically, environmentally and politically and who this benefits.
SUPERPOWERS: who are today’s superpowers, who were powers of the past and who will be the geo-political dominant forces in the future?
REGENERATING PLACES: why urban and rural areas need regenerating and understanding how contrasting areas have regenerated and what the benefits are.
MIGRATION, IDENTITY AND SOVEREIGNTY: what migration is and why it has happened both in the past and continues today and what the implications are for the source and host nations in terms of costs, benefits, identity and sovereignty.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT
A minimum of four days of compulsory field work takes place over the two year course. Previously locations used have included Keswick, Malham, and the Manchester and Salford area. An optional four day trip to Iceland will also be available, which is highly recommended to complement the tectonic topic covered. Strong links exist with local Universities and guest speakers and local experts attend lessons at regular points during the year. Currently a number of geography students are involved with the Revealing the Roch project and help in the public information office on a voluntary basis. In addition students can become members of the Manchester Geographical Association and attend monthly evening lectures at Manchester University on relevant topics delivered by academic and business experts.