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A Level Geography at Villiers High School

Course description

Geography is a vibrant, dynamic and inspiring subject which is taught by all members of the department. We aim to develop students understanding of geographical concepts and processes to understand and interpret our changing world. The course will develop their awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments at scales from local to global. The course encourages students to be global citizens who recognise the challenges of sustainability and the implications for their own and others' lives, as well as developing them as critical and reflective learners aware of the importance of attitudes and values, including their own. A key focus on the AS course is looking at the meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges and how we can influence these challenges through our own lives. Topics are relevant, challenging and interesting, such as global hazards, climate change, world cities, globalisation. In the second year the focus shifts more to the use and management of resources and how consumption patterns highlight start inequalities between regions, countries and groups of people. This is explored through issues such as energy security, water conflicts, biodiversity, superpowers bridging the development gap and technology. During the course students will acquire skills in communication, graphicacy, teamwork, independent study, research and ICT, whilst at the same time developing the other key skills of numeracy and literacy. Decision-making and problem solving are also key while both the research unit and the synoptic investigation will require students to synthesise geographical information and data from a range of sources.

Entry requirements

5 A* to C GCSEs

Future opportunities

Geography provides you with transferrable skills to move onto a wide range of university courses or employment opportunities. Geography is an ideal partner to a wide range of courses from the sciences, humanities and the arts, which means Geography has a unique position in bridging the subjects and can lead towards a good range of careers. For example, a Geography qualification can lead to courses in Science, Engineering, Psychology, Environmental, Oceanography, Geology, ICT, Business, Law, Media, Politics and Philosophy, Travel and Tourism, Accounting, Journalism. Did you know that Geography counts as a science for entry into medical school?

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Villiers High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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