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GEOGRAPHY A Level 3 at Dover Grammar School for Girls

Course description

The great value of Geography lies in its flexibility.  A multi-skilled academic subject in its own right, it is both an Arts and a Science subject that can be studied as either a BSc or BA at University. You can count it as either a Science, or an Arts A-Level, or use it as a bridging subject between both areas of interest.  Geography investigates both the interaction of people on the earth’s surface and the natural forces at work on our planet. It is topical,( flooding, hurricane disasters, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions), relevant (impact of migration or global climate change) and useful, drawing together the techniques of research, planning, communication and presentation that employers demand today.


Course content


Landscape and Life Support Systems: Choices from Coastal, Cold Environments, Dry Environments. Rainforests, Tundra.

Changing Spaces and Global Connections: Choices from Trade, Migration, Governance and Human Rights, Power and Borders.

Geographical Debates: Choices from Hazardous Earth, Disease Dilemmas, Climate Change, the Oceans and Food Supply.

Individual Research topic.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the Sixth Form: At least a grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics. You will require a 6 or B grade in most subjects you wish to study at A Level. To study Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages or a Science subject you will require a 7. A 6 may be considered for Science on the condition that a Mathematics\ Science related course forms part of your Personal Enrichment Pathway (PEP). For Further Mathematics you will need an 8 or 9. The minimum requirement is four 6 or B grades and two others at a 5 or C grade. (Short Courses count as half a GCSE) . You will need a positive attitude in your chosen subjects and a respect for school aims, objectives and ethos. Commitment to the expectations of the Sixth Form and your school community.


Lessons are a mixture of formal teaching, tutorial work, individual and group working.  Learning adopts an enquiry approach with many lessons devoted to discussion and analysis of resources (written, photographic, statistical or graphical).  Skills include field observation, data collection and recording, map construction, statistical analysis and decision-making.  Through study of real case studies, students learn to consider the different viewpoints and to clarify their own values and attitudes in order to make informed decisions on a wide variety of issues.  Assessment is by externally assessed examination papers in all units.

Future opportunities

Geography graduates are amongst the most employable.  Associated careers are wide ranging eg Planning, Marketing, Business Management, Conservation, Social Work, Leisure and Tourism, Teaching, Research, Environmental Science, Meteorology, Hydrology, Volcanology and many others!

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 22 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years