Geography A Level at Swale Sixth Form
Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
There are many different skills gained by studying geography. The course requires research as well as data handling skills to be developed and refined, including map and cartographic skills, production and analysis of graphs, and data sensors. Geography also involves written work so strong literacy and communication skills are required and developed. Field trips are an integral part of geography, so collaborative work in small groups is also important. This qualification enables students to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply their own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around them, and to help prepare them to succeed in their chosen pathway.
Potential Topics that will be studied
The course covers both human and physical geography. Units of study include:
Water and carbon cycles
Hot desert systems and landscapes
Coastal systems and landscapes
Glacial systems and landscapes
Ecosystems under stress
Global systems and global governance
Contemporary urban environments
Population and the environment
Students need to achieve 6 for GCSE Geography. Other entry requirements include grade 5 for English and maths plus two other subjects at grade 5.
The course is assessed through written examinations (80%), as well as an extensive field work investigation (20%)
Progression and career opportunities
A geography qualification will demonstrate a plethora of skills and an awareness of global issues which are transferable to different roles and careers in the world of work - many geographers for example work in banking. A geography qualification can also lead to a degree which will be the first building block in more specialist areas such as geology, cartography and environmental studies. Town planning and careers in development as well as hazard management are also popular
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Swale Sixth Form directly.