Geography

The world is ever changing and decisions are made on a daily basis that impact us all and future generations. Why must we control the world population? Why must we understand how and why rivers flood? Why is the gap between the rich and the poor on this planet widening? Why must we mitigate and adapt to climate change? To gain an understanding of these issues and more, chose Geography.

The specification we will follow is AQA ‘A’ and this enables us to use a variety of teaching and learning approaches. This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.

What skills will I develop?

You learn to ‘think like a geographer’, you learn to recognise the complexity of the interaction between the human and physical world. You learn to evaluate, to question and to seek out answers and the evidence to support them

What qualifications will I need to progress onto this course?

This course will be ideal for anybody with basic literacy and numeracy skills. A desire to learn about and account for your surroundings certainly helps

How will this course be assessed?

Learners will be complete three exam papers.

The first will focus on living in the physical environment, where we will explore natural hazards, climate change, ecosystems, rivers and coasts

The second will focus on the challenges in the human environment, where we will investigate the changing challenges facing built up environments in the UK and beyond, development and resource management

The third paper is a skills paper. Here you will be questioned on your fieldwork, complete an issues evaluation task from a pre-released source and apply the geographical skills you have acquired over the course.

What other courses could I progress onto after completing?

Advanced courses at Post‐16 in subjects, such as travel and tourism, business studies and of course geography. Furthermore, you will acquire a number of transferrable skills which will help you in other subjects. As well as being a worthy subject in its own right, it is a fantastic second subject as it draws on English, Mathematical and Science skills

What careers can a qualification in this course lead to?

Weatherman, map maker, town planner, careers with an emphasis on environmental studies and the travel industry to name but a few. It also opens doors for careers in the most rapidly growing sector in the UK employment market– the leisure and tourism industry