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Geography at Ryde Academy

Course description

Your GCE Geography course will give you a strong foundation for understanding the two main themes of the subject: human geography and physical geography. Between them, they’re what makes our planet tick.

Human geography deals with how people and the environment interact and the way we both exist. It also looks at how people and groups move and live in the world around us. For example, you’ll learn about stuff you see in the papers and on the news everyday, including issues of sustainability. Physical geography on the other hand, is all about the scientific aspects of our world, with an emphasis on how we can manage them.

The end result of studying human and physical geography is that you’ll have a better understanding of how mankind and the Earth work together. And it’s not all theory either. You’ll get the opportunity to visit places of geographic interest and roll up your sleeves with some fieldwork.


Course content


Human & Physical Geography • Flood management • Population change • Food supply issues • Energy issues • Health issues  -  Classroom paper gives 70%

Geographical Investigative work & fieldwork • Investigative, ICT, graphical, cartographical and statistical skills • Research skills  - Fieldwork paper 30%


Contemporary Geographical Issues • Plate Tectonics & associated hazards • Climate change • World cities • Development of societies • Contemporary conflicts & challenges  - Classroom studies paper 60%

Fieldwork • Choose your own area of research • Use ready-made study materials - Fieldwork paper 40%

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 grades A*-C at GCSE. Geography GCSE not needed but useful.

Ready to investigate Global issues.

An ability to interpret natural phenomena.

Able to undertake research and analysis.

An interest in current environmental issues.

Able to work in teams on practical projects.


100% Exam (35% is based on fieldwork)

Future opportunities

If you specialise in Geography at higher Education (or use your Geography A Level as a stepping stone to study Geology at University) you could find yourself doing things like charting oil wells or exploring rock formations throughout the world.  And because Geography is about the interaction between people and our planet, this fascinating subject is valid for a number of different career paths, like advertising, environmental management, law or social services.

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 Ryde Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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