Geography has come a long way from the learning of capital cities and colouring in maps. This course examines the relationship between people and the environment. You will develop a critical understanding of some of the most pressing challenges facing 21st century societies today, from climate change to food security, poverty to piracy. Fieldwork is an integral part of the course and will be formally assessed as part of the course. During A-level studies you will visit various regions of the UK to study hydrological change, rural settlement and glaciation.
Duration: 2 years
Starting date: September 2018
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form
What will you do?
You will study 4 themes across the 2 years which address both human and physical geography. Human Geography topics cover Development in Africa, Global Systems and Global Governance and Changing Places. Physical Geography topics cover Glaciation, Carbon and Water Cycles and Tectonic Hazards.
How will you learn?
Learning will take place through group, independent and research tasks. Fieldwork will form an integral part of the course. Exciting peer learning and video feedback will be used as part of your course. The course consists five 1 hour lessons per week.
How are you assessed?
Assessment in lessons will be through both short and long answer essays. You have 3 papers at the end of Year 2 and one piece of coursework (worth 20%) to complete during the course.
Students should meet the general college entry requirements for A-level including a grade C or grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English. It is preferred that Geography students have at least a grade C in Geography GCSE. Although occasionally students study Geography without having studied it at GCSE.
What do you need to know?
The subject allows you to use new and emerging technologies such as GIS to develop your learning. You have the opportunity to explore exciting fieldwork opportunities in the UK and beyond.
You may go to study geography at university however geography is also a very useful bridging subject between the social and physical sciences. Geographers follow a diverse range of career paths.
How do I apply/enrol? www.stockton.ac.uk/apply
Additional costs (registration)
During the year contributions towards field trips will be required.
What kit/uniform do I need?
When fieldwork is undertaken you do need to have suitable footwear and outdoor clothing.
3 Reasons to join us
- Fieldwork opportunities – the opportunity to undertake at least 6 days of fieldwork
- Using emerging technologies to further your learning – the opportunity to develop skills in GIS.
- Exploring 21st century issues – the opportunity to debate, discuss and examine issues that will face future generations
Destinations and Progress:
Previous SRC Bede Geography students in the past 2 years have gone on to study Physical Geography, Geography, and Geography and Geology at Russell Group Universities.
Possible combination subjects:
Geography can combine well with a range of other A-level courses. Geographers often study either a science or another humanities subject such as History, Sociology or Law.
What students say:
“Geography is something which opens your eyes to what is going on around you”
“People joke that Geography is about coloring maps and naming places, however it isn’t about that. It taught me about how the human and physical world inter connect and our impact on the planet”
“A subject in which is real world, real time, and ever changing”
You will have a minimum 6 days fieldwork across the 2 years of the course. In addition to this extra talks at leading universities are offered to our students.