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Geography A Level at The Compton School

Course description

Geography is an excellent subject for acquiring a variety of skills including research, problem-solving, critical thinking, statistical analysis, ICT skills, decision-making, group and individual presentation skills, teamwork, data collection and presentation.

Course content

Unit 1: Global Challenges: The first part of ‘World at Risk’ is about increasing global hazards such as hurricanes and earthquakes and the effects of Climate Change. The second part is ‘Going Global’ where you learn about how Globalisation and Migration affects the world’s interconnectedness.

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations: This unit involves learning Geographical concepts and theory and understanding how fieldwork can be used to investigate the following topic areas. In Crowded Coasts you will explore competing and conflicting land uses and will understand the physical risks coastal areas face. The second part of the unit focuses on Rebranding Places and how deprivation affects rural and urban environments and how places can be ‘rebranded’ to give them a more prosperous future.
4 days of compulsory fieldwork to the following places:
- Stratford/Canary Wharf (1 day)
- North Norfolk Coastline (3 days)
- Optional trip to Barcelona (3 days)

Unit 3: Contested Plant: The world is ‘contested’ in many ways through resources, territory, freshwater, development and technology. You will learn about how we should manage contested resources through changing consumption patterns, technological development and sustainable approaches.

Unit 4: Life on the margins: Significant numbers of people live a life on the margin in a situation of food insecurity. Others consume more than their fair share of global resources. This unit will prepare you for independent study at university as you will research the complex causes of challenges on the margins and research the wide variety of solutions that are being considered for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Future opportunities

An ‘A’ Level in Geography is the normal route into a Geography degree. There are a wide range of other degrees that focus on a specific part of Geography e.g. Earth Sciences, Development Studies, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Anthropology, Planning and International Relations. However the knowledge and broad range of skills you use in Geography are useful for many careers in the private and public sector. Geography undergraduates will pursue a variety of career choices including accountancy, marketing, law, banking, property, working for development, environment or sustainability organisations, working in GIS, the civil service and local government.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Compton School directly.

Last updated date: 18 June 2015
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