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Geography at King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy

Course description

Geography helps us understand the world around us, whether that be researching the recent volcanic eruption in Chile, evaluating the effectiveness of the recent New Street Station development, or using geographical information systems (GIS) to understand how deforestation has affected large areas of South America. The work of geographers across the globe is both exciting and pivotal to the functioning of the planet as we know it. The A-Level Geography will enable you to develop a specialist knowledge on a wide variety of contemporary themes; you only need to turn on the news to understand how geography plays a large part in our everyday lives. As well as this specialist knowledge, A-Level geography will also provide numerous opportunities to develop your fieldwork skills, as changes to the curriculum now ensure that a minimum of two days fieldwork is completed. The Geography A-Level covers both the human and physical environment, and the complex interconnections which run between them. Further to this, the knowledge you gain will be directly applicable to a host of real world settings, helping us understand how our actions as individuals, and as part of the wider human race, can have a serious and lasting impact on the world around us.

Course content

Geography helps us understand the world around us, whether that be researching the recent volcanic eruption in Chile, evaluating the effectiveness of the recent New Street Station development, or using geographical information systems (GIS) to understand how deforestation has affected large areas of South America. The work of geographers across the globe is both exciting and pivotal to the functioning of the planet as we know it. The A-Level Geography will enable you to develop a specialist knowledge on a wide variety of contemporary themes; you only need to turn on the news to understand how geography plays a large part in our everyday lives. As well as this specialist knowledge, A-Level geography will also provide numerous opportunities to develop your fieldwork skills, as changes to the curriculum now ensure that a minimum of two days fieldwork is completed. The Geography A-Level covers both the human and physical environment, and the complex interconnections which run between them. Further to this, the knowledge you gain will be directly applicable to a host of real world settings, helping us understand how our actions as individuals, and as part of the wider human race, can have a serious and lasting impact on the world around us.

Entry requirements

GCSE Geography - B

GCSE Maths – C

GCSE English – B

All A - Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to be able to continue into Year 13.

Assessment

At the end of Year 12 you will have two written examinations, each lasting 1.5 hours. The overall result will form your AS grade. At the end of Year 13 you will have two written examinations, each lasting 2.5 hours. The written examinations will form 80% of your final A-Level grade; a geographical investigation assessed through a 3,000 word essay will form the remaining 20% of your final A-Level grade.

Financial information

There may be bursaries available for students subject to meeting specific criteria.

Future opportunities

Across the UK, more than 90 universities offer degree courses in geography at undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels. Among these are some of the leading geography departments in the world, which attract students from around the globe. Geography is highly valued by universities as an A-Level choice. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university.

A degree in Geography can lead into a career in town and transport planning, chartered surveying, land and water management, sustainability, environmental consultancy, development, tourism, conservation, housing and social welfare. Geography graduates have excellent transferable skills which attracts business, law and finance sectors. Working as a financial risk analyst in a bank for example, a geographer would benefit from their understanding of factors affecting economic growth in various parts of the world and thus geographers can be employed as financial risk assessors, bankers, accountants, transport/logistics managers, management consultants. The list is endless.

Further information

Please contact the Academy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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