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Geography - A Level at Backwell School

Course description

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.

Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences with the natural sciences and provides an ideal framework for relating other fields of knowledge. Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible citizens.

This engaging and relevant course will give you the opportunity to;

· engage with the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time.

· study the relationship between human populations and their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global.

· consider your own role in relation to themes and issues being studied and the roles, values and attitudes of others including decision-makers.

You will gain an appreciation of current events in both human geography (conflicts, population and migration, energy security and sustainability) and in physical geography (tropical cyclones, floods, coastal erosion, and earthquakes). You will learn how to design and implement a fieldwork investigation involving the collection of both primary and secondary data, the clear presentation of your results and accurate analysis of the trends and patterns you have identified. You will acquire a wide range of specific skills for the presentation and analysis of geographical information in the form of maps, graphs, sketches, annotated diagrams, photographs, statistics and writing.

Entry requirements

C in Geography GCSE on the higher paper.

Future opportunities

Most Geography graduates are numerate, literate, good team workers, can think analytically and critically, and are highly computer literate. Geography also supports applications for both science-based university courses, such as Engineering, and Humanities based courses like Philosophy.

The skills taught open up a wide range of jobs in fields such as environments and sustainability, development and global issues, physical systems, travel, leisure or culture, settlement and society as well as the business world, and many other areas.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September