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Geography A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

If you’re interested in thinking on a global scale about social, economic and environmental problems, if you have a fascination for global current affairs and if you want to help find solutions to the issues faced, then this is the subject for you. A level geography is a highly interactive course and learning is through independent research, group discussion, debate, thinking about global problems and evaluating solutions in groups and a week-long field trip. Recently, the geography department took a 10 day trip to China, visiting Beijing and Shanghai, which was an amazing, life changing experience for students.

Course content

You’ll learn evaluation skills, analytical skills, essay writing skills, thinking skills, research skills and independent learning skills. Above all you will gain an understanding of the global politico-economic and environmental issues we face today and how they can be managed.

At AS level, in unit 1, you’ll learn about global challenges – hazards, climate change, globalisation, population and migration. Unit 2 looks at geographical investigations – causes and solutions to flooding based on a field trip to the Lake District. In the second year, unit 3 focuses on our congested planet – resource conflicts and management, superpower geographies, international development. Finally, unit 4 covers geographical research – the causes and management of global food insecurity.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE geography or a science and at least a GCSE Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.


Awarding Body - Edexcel

There is no coursework in either year and the course will be assessed through a combination of field-work exercises and exam questions.

Future opportunities

Woodhouse students go on to study geography, environmental science, geopolitics, international development, international relations, development economics, resource management and often go into jobs in these fields. Geography has the highest employment rate out of any academic subject and geographers are employed by governments, international agencies, charities, universities and large companies. As the green economy grows and business becomes increasingly globalised, geographers are in great demand.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodhouse College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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