Geography A Level at The Henrietta Barnett School
Geography examines the physical and human characteristics of the environments in which we live and our influence upon them. It covers a wide range of contemporary issues, bridging the gap between sciences and humanities. In addition, it covers a wide range of transferable skills, including presentations, problem solving and data collection.
Geography is one of the key “facilitating” subjects and is looked on very favourably by the Russell Group of Universities.
The Geography course is an issues based course. The course will be taught over seven periods a week by two teachers, each covering separate topics. There is a fieldwork requirement at A Level, for which students will attend a residential field trip in February, which usually takes place in the last week before half-term.
For all applicants, both internal and external, the minimum requirement is: (a) At least six grades 7 or above at GCSE (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) (b) At least a grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics, if these subjects are not being taken in the Sixth Form. (c) At least grade 7 (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) at GCSE in the subjects to be studied at A Level. For Further Mathematics an 8 or 9 (A* in the unreformed GCSE). sFor subjects not previously studied at GCSE, a grade 7 or above (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) in an equivalent subject will be required (please see the Sixth Form Information Booklet).
Examinations will take place at the end of the two year course. There will be three examinations, of around 2hrs in length. The questions will vary between short responses and essay questions. Students will also undertake an Independent Investigation, which will be worth 20% of the overall A Level. This is suggested to be around 3000-4000 words in length.
Suggested career paths:
Geography is a well-regarded traditional academic subject popular with employers because of the many skills that Geographers can offer. These skills open the door to many different career opportunities in the economic, social and environmental sectors of employment.
To find out more about this course / qualification please contact us, or you can 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 The Henrietta Barnett School directly.