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Geography A Level OCR at Sir Roger Manwood's School

Course description


Why Geography?

Geography is a vital and valuable subject for the modern world. Its great strengths are its diversity, the breadth of subject matter it covers, including many topical and controversial issues, and its direct application to the world around. In addition to its subject matter a study of Geography also introduces many key and highly sought after skills which makes those with experience of the subject prized in the job market.

Studying Geography will give you access to a wide range of careers and higher education options. The subject is so broad that it combines well with all other “A” levels and assists with many university courses. Geographers are found in almost all careers; those closely associated with the subject such as planners, meteorologists and environmental scientists; and those where the skills learnt in the subject are important or useful, such as law, accountancy, management, the civil, and armed services and many, many more. Indeed, it is difficult to find a walk of life where the diverse nature of a geographic education has not made an impact.

Is Geography the correct Post Sixteen Choice for Me?

Yes! A good GCSE pass in Geography is important but not essential. Advanced level Geography develops and applies a wide range of skills including literacy and numeracy, communication and ICT, and fosters other necessary skills such as fieldwork, independent learning and group work. A study of Advanced level Geography should also build confidence in decision making and problem solving activities and develops the powers of critical thought.

What will I learn in “A” Level Geography?

In addition to the actual subject material, “A” Geography concerns itself with interactions: explaining situations and phenomena through the relationships between diverse factors. You will learn to think logically and laterally, gaining the ability to evaluate material critically. Knowledge and understanding will be acquired and developed through the use of wide ranging sources, especially ICT and a wide range of fieldwork opportunities, both locally based and residential.


Course content

Course content:

Physical Geography


The topic that we study is the dramatic world of Glaciated Landscapes and the way that these landscapes have changed when you look back into past ice ages, as well as how they will change due to future climate change. You will have the opportunity to go on a residential fieldtrip to study a glaciated landscape in France. The topics studied in Yr 13 show the diverse nature of this subject. Students will learn about the role of both the carbon cycles and water cycles as building blocks for life on earth and the importance of their management for our way of life. The second topic is Tectonic Hazards and in this topic we look to build on knowledge acquired at GCSE level to gain a deeper understanding of the role that the moving plates have on our landscape and lives.


Human Geography

The Human Geography topics are wide ranging. First we will understand how our local places are shaped by global, national and local forces and we will undertake fieldwork to investigate the local area. We will then go on to study the Geography of Health which is an important building block in understanding how countries can develop. The topic allows us to understand the different health challenges faced in different parts of the world as well as the decisions that have to be made by organisations like the WHO and pharmaceutical companies when confronting challenges like the containment of Ebola or malaria. The two topics in Human Geography allow us to look at very contemporary issues. The first topic is Trade, Globalisation and Development. The course takes students deeper into the workings of the modern world by allowing them to explore how greater levels of globalisation are having both a positive and negative impact on International Development. Issues such as the fairness of trade rules, the role of multinational companies and the effectiveness of aid, will form part of the discussions that we will have in class. We will then focus on a Geopolitics topic in which students will study the links between access to resources and the conflicts that can occur as different parties try to access those resources.  This takes into contemporary conflicts such as the wars in Congo and separatist movements such as Boko Haram that have the potential to change the shape of borders on a map of the world.


Independent Investigation

Students will have the chance to explore a topic of personal interest in their own independent investigation.  They will be guided by their teachers throughout the process and may use the residential fieldtrip to Scotland at the end of Year 12 to collect their data. This independence makes Geographers highly valued.

Entry requirements

At least a B grade GCSE in Geography or a related discpline.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Travel and Tourism or Health and Social Care, to prepare for higher education in areas of geography, humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go on to a job related to geography and work as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. The course also helps you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years