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Geography A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Geography?
Should a town or city be allowed to spread on to its green belt? Why was the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 so devastating? How should the UK improve its energy security? The world we live in is changing and Geography allows you to see why and how. You should enjoy asking questions and finding answers, be interested in local, regional and global issues, and have the ability to think independently. Above all, you must be prepared to leave the classroom and see for yourself what is going on.

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Being able to understand some of the processes behind the changes and being able to predict possible outcomes means that Geography students have important skills necessary to help manage the future of the planet. Fieldwork is also a very important feature of Y12 and Y13.

What will I study?
Lessons feature a range of teaching and learning techniques; these include decision-making exercises, discussions, textual analysis, fieldwork and independent research. You will use a range of interactive resources including Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Unit 1 - Physical and human geography
Unit 2 - Geographical skills
Unit 3 - Contemporary geographical issues
Unit 4 - Geography fieldwork investigation or geographical issue evaluation

What can I study with it?
As a ‘facilitating subject’ Geography combines well with all other subjects. However, it is particularly useful when studied alongside Mathematics, Chemistry, Economics, Computer Science, History, English Literature, Law, Sociology and Business Studies.

Career opportunities
Geography is highly regarded by every UK university, especially Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. It is one of the most relevant degree courses you could choose to study. Geographers are also in particularly high demand for employment because of their high numeracy and literary skills as well as their ability to work well with other people in teams. People with Geography degrees work in a wide range of occupations from banking, project management and renewable energy production, to teaching, the Civil Service, advertising.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including:

Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Maths. It is also desirable but not essential for you to have at least grade C in GCSE Geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September