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Geography A level at Nower Hill High School

Course description

Who is the course for?

You will enjoy Geography if you have an interest in new landscapes and places, global issues, the environment and current affairs.   If you enjoy studying subjects that are relevant to your own life and experiences and enjoy undertaking practical work as well as work in the classroom, this is a good choice of subject.

How will I be taught?

Through lectures, discussion, group work and practical activity.  You will be expected to write essays both for homework and in timed conditions. You will also be expected to conduct your own independent research and read around the subject.

Course content

The course covers a variety of Physical and Human topics.  Geographical Skills including fieldwork and statistical techniques are taught throughout the course.

Physical Geography includes a core section: Water and Carbon cycles and options such as Coastal Systems and Hazards.

Human Geography includes a core section: Global systems and global governance and options such as Changing Places and Population and Environment.

Geographical Investigation: a 3000 – 4000 word write-up based on an individual question or hypothesis and fieldwork conducted by the candidate.

Entry requirements

You are required to have studied Geography at GCSE and you must have achieved Grade C or above.  To achieve a grade C or above you will need to be able to write evaluative essays, think and work independently, plan and undertake a field investigation and handle and analyse primary and secondary data (maps, graphs, statistical techniques etc.).

Financial information

There is a compulsory residential UK field trip during Y12. The cost of this trip varies each year and is dependent on a number of factors. Details are given nearer the time. 

You will also need a minimum of 2 textbooks costing approximately £20 each.

Future opportunities

Geography is a broad subject and it can lead to a wide variety of careers.  As an A Level subject it is well-respected by a huge range of industries and employers. Opportunities include working in international development or with international charities, risk assessment, climate change mitigation, environmental work, forestry, urban regeneration, transport and planning and the travel industry.  Many geographers specialise through further study after A Level and opportunities are as varied as geology, meteorology, environmental assessment and planning, seismology, urban planning, international development and hazard management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nower Hill High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years