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Geography A-Level at Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Course description

Geography is such an important part of our understanding of the world. At a time of growing concern about climate change, shrinking energy resources and desire for sustainable solutions, geography is one of the most relevant courses that you could choose to study. It is a multidisciplinary subject – a really interesting mix across science and arts.

Progression to Career/ University Courses:

There is no question that the understanding and skills that come from a study of geography are highly valued by employers” Darrel Sheinman, Managing Director Sheinman Exploration Ltd.

Former students have gone on to read Geography, Geology and Environmental Sciences at a wide range of universities including Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, York, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Plymouth, Southampton, Nottingham and Bristol.

Key Points:

At AS Level

  • Rivers, floods and management
  • Population change
  • Cold Environments.
  • Health Issues.
  • Geographical Skills e.g. Investigative, fieldwork, graphical, statistical.

At A2 Level

  • Contemporary Geographical Issues e.g. Plate tectonics and associated hazards, weather and climate, world cities.
  • A Geographical Issue Evaluation based on an advance information booklet.

There are opportunities for extra-curricular activities, much of which centre on fieldwork. A residential course at the Blencathra Fieldstudies Centre, near Keswick in the Lake District. We will look at hydrology, glaciation and the provision of health services in the area. We will use this to prepare for the Geographical Skills paper and get a little fitter by walking over the fells – don’t say that you weren’t warned! It is also possible that there might be a foreign trip. Iceland was visited in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Entry requirements

Students (external and internal) wishing to join the Sixth Form at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School will usually be expected to have achieved a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A*- B, including Mathematics and English Language with a minimum average points score of 48 from her best 6 subjects.  Students should preferably have achieved A* or A in the subjects they wish to study at A Level, but with a minimum of grade B. Subjects which are not GCSEs but deemed to be equivalent to GCSEs are not accepted.  The Headteacher reserves the right to make the final decision on the application of this criteria.

Subject Specific Criteria:

Minimum Grade B if studied for GCSE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wolverhampton Girls' High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015
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Key information

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