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AS/A2 Geography at Durham High School For Girls

Course description

The Advanced Level Geography course contains four modules. The AS includes: Unit 1 – Physical and Human Geography (35% of total marks): Rivers, Floods and Management, Population Change, Cold Environments (glaciation) and Health Issues. Unit 2 – Geographical skills (15% of total marks) based on fieldwork conducted during Lower Sixth and interpretation of data which will be practised throughout the course. The AS provides a useful introduction to the full A level, but it is an interesting and valuable course in its own right. We welcome girls intending to take AS only, but many then continue to A2!

Entry requirements

A GCSE pass in Geography at grade B is essential, and grade A or higher is desirable. An interest in the natural environment, and the influence of man upon it, is important. Geography involves the study of mankind’s decisions relating to the environment and the consequences of these choices. Independent study and background reading are necessary to provide case study examples. Computer skills will help to process data for the coursework investigation.

Financial information

Please see our website for details of fees.

Future opportunities

There are a wide range of careers available to geographers including just some of the following options: - advertising, architecture, cartography (mapping), landscape architecture, town planning, agriculture, environmental health, estate management, nature conservation, banks, building societies, civil service, personal assistant, archaeology, law, libraries, museums, publishing, business, overseas marketing, leisure and tourism, civil engineering, meteorology, mining, navigation, photography, leisure services, sport and recreation management, social and youth work, surveying, transport services and even teaching! Career options will depend on the subjects chosen to study with Geography, but generally Geographers are regarded as being very good “all rounders” with a sensible outlook on the world – they are highly employable in a wide variety of fields. Geography graduates have one of the highest employment rates!You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE, which could lead onto higher education to study geography, other areas of humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to geography such as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. Geography is a subject which bridges the "gap" between the Sciences and the Arts as it includes aspects of both. Therefore, Geography has many subjects that complement it, for example Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, ICT, Economics, Politics, History and the study of Modern Languages. Whether you are a scientist or an artist, you will find aspects of Geography that appeal to you. Geography goes with everything! A Level Geography can lead straight into full-time employment, vocational and employment-related courses, or to a range of higher education courses including single honours degree courses in Geography or a combined honours qualification.

Further information

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

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham High School For Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 May 2015

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