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Geography A Level at The Whitehaven Academy

Course description

Geography is a very exciting subject to study at A-level. We live in an increasingly globalised world and we depend on an increasingly fragile physical environment to support us.

Studying Geography allows you to gain a greater understanding of the problems and issues facing us in the 21st Century. Our course follows a series of linked questions about the impacts of our way of life on the world around us. It challenges us to consider how migration within the EU has changed its societies, it reveals the truth behind all the misinformation around climate change and how it will affect us in the future. It forces us to investigate why the development gap between the richest and poorest is wider now than ever, and how our ever increasing energy demands threaten biodiversity.

To prepare students fully for studying a range of subjects at university, or to continue in other fields of education and training, we undertake a range of fieldwork to investigate the impacts of extreme weather and urban rebranding. In Year 13 students undertake a supported research exercise into cold environments to consider the unique landforms and geomorphological processes at work in the harshest climates.

Entry requirements

5 A*–Cs at GCSE and a B in Geography; though relevant experience, extra-curricular interests, and motivation will be considered.


AS – 2 written examination papers

A2 – 2 written examination papers

Future opportunities

Geography is one of the most cross curricular, exciting, contemporary and challenging subjects to study and many employers are keen to employ people with a background in Geography. Geography is a broad based academic degree which is well respected by employers. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment and Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas. Put simply there is no such thing as a geography job; there are jobs that geographers do.

Studying geography provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning.

Potential careers include: cartographer, commercial/residential surveyor, environmental consultant, geographical information systems officer, planning and development surveyor, secondary school teacher, town planner. Jobs where your degree would be useful: international aid/development worker, landscape architect, logistics and distribution manager, market researcher, nature conservation officer, tourism officer, transport planner.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Whitehaven Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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