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Geography A Level at The Blue School

Course description

Contemporary geography is a subject which explicitly engages with the inter-relationships between human societies and the impact that people have upon the physical environment, at both global and local scales. The course allows the investigation of a wide variety of issues and management decisions that people in a wide variety of settings are currently facing and endeavouring to solve.

Course content

  • Component 1: Physical Geography
  • Component 2: Human Geography
  • Component 3: Geographical Investigation

How will you learn?

Students will experience a range of teaching techniques from at least two members of staff. There are a number of fieldwork investigations for both physical and human geography including visits to cities, coastal areas and river landscapes and an opportunity to take part in a residential course either at home or abroad will be offered at least once during the course. In addition there are opportunities to take part in seminar work with UWE, Bristol and Bath Universities. The Geography Department is also a member of the Geography Association so we can take advantage of their lectures and resource materials. Students will, however, be expected to become self-learners and read around the subject including newspapers plus geographical journals in addition to text books and web sites. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’S at A*-C including grades for English and mathematics as below:

  •          English Language – New grade 4 or above
  •          Mathematics – New grade 4 or above

Assessment

  • Component 1: Physical Geography - Written Exam, 2 hours 30 mins, 40% of A Level
  • Component 2: Human Geography - Written Exam, 2 hours 30 mins, 40% of A Level
  • Component 3: Geographical Investigation - 3000-4000 word investigation, 20% of A Level 

Future opportunities

Geography opens the door to a wide variety of careers in a number of related fields; oceanography and climatology are important for investigating climate change and its implications for the future. The understanding of rocks and minerals plus their formation could be important to mining companies and engineers. Study of Human Geography is crucial to a future in which the pressure on resources is becoming ever more important and the leisure industry relies on students with geographical knowledge to join its ranks. An A Level in Geography prepares you for further study of the subject at University and it is suitable for any students needing an understanding of contemporary issues plus the ability to express ideas in extended writing. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Blue School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

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