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Geography (A level linear – No AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

You'll enjoy this course if... You are interested in the world around you and you want to become a well-informed and responsible citizen of the world.

As an A level Geography student, you will learn about events or changes that are occurring in the world right now. You will learn to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalization, responses to hazards. Water insecurity and climate change. You will develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues and to become critical, reflective and independent learners.

 You will be taught through a combination of teacher-led lessons, group work and independent study.  You will be able to develop your report writing, decision making /problem solving and presentation skills. There is a 3 day are residential field trip- a highlight of the course.

You should be spending 5-6 hours on independent study each week. In addition to the set homework you should read widely around the subject and keep up to date with current affairs – Geography really is ‘In the News’!

 As a geographer you will develop many skills which are valued by employers as well, as developing a critical way of thinking about the world. Uniquely geography bridges the gap between ‘arts’ and ‘science’ subjects and combines well with all other subjects. Employers are looking for quality people to invest in and Geography is a subject which explores the importance of the future. 

Course content

Components within the OCR A Level in Geography consist of:

· Physical systems : you will investigate examples and case studies at a range of scales to understand the dynamic nature of landscapes and the water and carbon cycles

· Human interactions : you will investigate the actions, interactions and spatial patterns of people in places building a picture of how the world around you is shaped by humans, starting from the local and moving out to regional, national and international scales.

· Geographical debates : takes some of the most dynamic issues the planet faces and you will be encouraged to , reflect on and think critically about them.

· Investigative geography: you will be given the opportunity to undertake an independent investigation which is of particular interest to you, which can be related to any area of the specification.


Entry requirements

English and Mathematics at level 5 and three different subjects at a minimum of Grade C. GCSE Geography at Grade B is required. 


 Paper 1 :- Physical Systems-

External written examination 22% of A level

Paper 2 :- Human Interactions

External written examination 22% of A level

Paper 3 :- Geographical Debates

External written examination 36% of A level

Paper 4 :- Investigative Geography

Non-examination assessment 20% of A level



Financial information

Residential Field Trips and visits. 

Future opportunities

There are many careers directly relating to geography such as working with development or aid agencies, environmental work, using Geographical Information Systems, working in the census office or in recreation and tourism. It also provides useful preparation for careers in administration and management; marketing or finance, as the skills you develop in your geographical studies make you of potential interest to a wide range of employers. (Statistics show that compared with other subjects, geographers are among the most employable.). And finally, if you are interested in a career that involves travel, you won’t be disappointed. Geographers really can work anywhere in the world. Our students have gone on to study at universities such as Liverpool, Nottingham and Southampton reading Geography as well as subjects as diverse as Medicine and Quantity Surveying.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 or ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 12 May 2017
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