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Geography A Level at Highfields School

Course description

Geography is the spatial science helping us all to better understand the world's people, places and environments and the interavtions between them, whether at the local, national or global scales.

The staff in the department have experience in Human and Physical Geography. The Geography department has a proven track record of results and has prepared many students for successful applications to study for higher level Geography qualifications beyond our Sixth Form. 

All students are provided with the core textbooks which are theirs to keep for the lifetime of the course.

Course content

Physical & Human Geography which includes GlobalPopulation Issues, the Geography of Health and Disease, Rivers, Floods and Management and Coastal environments. 

Applied Geography which involves investigative, ICT,graphical, cartographical and statistical skills as well as research skills and the assessment of AS fieldwork Contemporary Geographical Issues which includes the study of Development and Globalisation, Plate tectonics and Weather and Climate. You will also complete a Geographical Fieldwork Investigation.

Contemporary geographical issues which includes the study of Development and Globalisation, Playe tectonics and Weather and Climate. You will also complete a Geographical Fieldwork Investigation.

You will deepen your understandign of Geography with a more intensive study of key elements which will extend your geographical understanding beyond the topics studied at GCSE. This will include the study of different types of landscapes; how places change; global perspectives and a wide range of other topics. You will undertake fieldwork and more extended pieces of work which will include individual research projects.

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have achieved a grade Bor above in English Language and a grade C or abovein Mathematics. In addition, if you have studiedGeography at GCSE you need to have achieved agrade B or above in the higher paper. For studentswho have not studied GCSE Geography but wish tostudy it at AS Level, this is still possible but students’suitability would be considered on an individual basisby looking at their GCSE results in other subjects beforea decision is made.

Future opportunities

The jobmarket has become increasingly competitive and international. The transferable knowledge and skills developed by studying Geography are actively sought by employers allowing Geographers to consistently experience lower than average levels of unemployment.

It is a myth that Geographers can only do certain types of jobs. In fact, there is a wealth of jobs Gepgraphers do spanning almost every sector.

The Russell Group of Universities has elected Geography as one of their preferred 'facilitating' A Level subjects to support an application to their degree courses.

Further information

Some subjects that particularly complement Geography are: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Business Studies, English Literature, History and Social Sciences.

For the past 3 years our A Level results have been increasing year-on-year, with 86% of A2 students gaining A*-C in 2014.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years