Geography A Level at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
Geography is a respected and valuable academic discipline. It has the advantage of being accepted by universities equally as a science or arts subject, and this ‘bridge’ nature allows it to be combined successfully with any other AS or A Level subject. Students can enjoy the extremely varied content of the course and develop a wide range of skills and knowledge that will serve them well at university and in the world of work.
Here are some comments by Upper Sixth Geography students at QEGS:
- What I’ve enjoyed about A Level Geography is applying the theory taught in lessons to events currently reported in the media
- There are a number of trips during the A Level course. These are enjoyable and offer the opportunity to observe classroom geography occurring in real life
- Excellent facilities
- Geography lessons are interesting and fun, with lots of discussions
- I’m learning interesting new skills, such as analysing data, and team work
- Several interesting topics of great relevance to recent events, e.g. urban burglary and the study of HIV. I would recommend studying Geography at A Level ... a subject which is dynamic and interesting
- Geography is a good choice since it complements many other subjects
Students will be prepared for the AQA AS/A2 Level Specification A examination. The content is varied, up-to-date, and challenging.
The AS course comprises modules in Physical and Human Geography and Geographical Skills. Content includes important and topical matters such as causes and management of flooding; cold environments, reasons for and implications of refugee movement to the UK; health and disease; and energy supplies.
Further challenging and modern topics follow in the A2 course: these include plate tectonics theory and related hazards; climate change and hazards; management of cities in rich and poor countries; and a study of current conflicts in the world including access to resources, international boundaries, and ethnic differences.
A high grade in GCSE Geography is desirable, but the able, well-motivated student who has not attempted GCSE in the subject is welcome and should not be greatly disadvantaged. Recently one candidate who had not studied Geography at GCSE gained grade A at A Level.
The AQA specification is taught. This will involve two AS modules which will be tested in examination conditions at the end of the Lower Sixth year, and two further modules at the end of the Upper Sixth. Candidates may re-sit AS modules in January and May / June of the Upper Sixth year.
Universities accept Geography as either a science or an arts subject. Students who have studied A Level Geography at QEGS have gone on to study a wide range of subjects at university including medicine, law, sports science, modern languages, aeronautical engineering, landscape architecture, economics, business management ... and many have chosen to take a degree in Geography!
Geography students with good A Level or higher qualifications are found in a wide variety of careers. The breadth of skills and knowledge possessed by a Geographer is a positive advantage. David Rhind, Chief Executive of the Ordnance Survey, said, ‘Employers rarely need narrow specialists. They need bright, committed, inquisitive, and determined individuals with the ability to draw on what is happening elsewhere in the world. The best geographers are stars in this respect’.
Finance (e.g. banking, accounting, and insurance) is a popular career destination, with substantial numbers entering town and country planning, surveying, estate management, central and local government, civil engineering, leisure and tourism, and education. Major areas of global concern such as economic development and environmental engineering will undoubtedly provide more and more career openings for well-qualified Geographers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.