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Geography A level at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Students will aim to acquire, apply and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical and human process through the study of places and environments, the relationship between people and their environments and the problems that arise within them. Skills in IT/ IS, map work, data collection, statistics and the effective presentation of information are developed and fieldwork undertaken. Besides university, career options are varied and areas include environmental and scientific services, tourism and management.

Geography combines well with almost all other AS and A level subjects. Taken with the Science and Mathematics, it supports applications for almost any Science based university course like Engineering, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Oceanography and Geology. Taken with Humanities like English, French, History or Economics, it equally supports a wide range of University courses like Law, Business, Media, Politics and Philosophy. Skills of collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating findings and developing links are recognised by employers and Universities as being of great value.


Course content

Component 1: Physical Geography:

•      Section A: Water and Carbon Cycles.

•      Section B: either Hot Desert Environments and their margins or Coastal Systems and Landscapes.

•      Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress or Cold Environments. 

Component 2: Human Geography:

•      Section A: Global Systems and Global Governance.

•      Section B: Changing Places.

•      Section C: either Contemporary Urban Environments or Population and the Environment or Resource Security. 

Component 3: Geographical Investigation:

•      Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE (a GNVQ qualification will also be considered).  In addition we expect students to have achieved a B grade at GCSE in Geography. 

Financial information

Please note that a Residential Fieldtrip will be undertaken in Year 12 for both AS and A2 students to cover the required content for the Geographical enquiry components. This will incur a cost which can be paid in instalments over the first few terms. 

Future opportunities

Geography is not a vocational subject.  However, it is a synthesizing subject bringing together many elements of other disciplines and is one of the few subjects in which you can obtain a BA or BSc degree.  University Geography offers broad employment opportunities in sectors such as advertising, civil service, energy, environment, finance, leisure and tourism, marketing, overseas development, planning public service, voluntary sector and water resource management to name just a few.

Typical job titles for Geography graduates include: Aid Worker, Cartographer, Climate-Change Officer, Commercial/Residential Surveyor, Emergency Manager, Fundraiser, GIS Analyst, Hazard Modeller, Management Consultant, Market Researcher, National Parks staff, Nature Conservation Officer, Recycling and Waste Management officer, Researcher, Teacher, Technician, Town planner, Transport planner.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September