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A-Level Geography at Winstanley College

Course description

Year 1

Changing Spaces, Making Places
Human Rights
Earth’s Life Support Systems

Year 2

Geographical Debates – Climate Change

Hazardous Earth

Why do geography?
In August 2015 the Guardian newspaper declared Geography to be the ‘must-have A-level’. They were right! As citizens of the twenty-first century never before have we enjoyed such instant and virtually unlimited access to information about, and across, our planet. At the same time one glance at the news on any given day and you could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that never before have the people on this planet faced such global challenges; from climate change, resource depletion, growing inequality, escalating conflict, cultural intolerance and desperate population movements. 

So how do you try and make sense of it all? Simple, only the unique multi-disciplinary nature of contemporary Geography can, and does, bring all of the above issues and many more together. 
If you’re thinking some of that sounds a bit heavy we do of course look at natural processes, but let’s not forget that rivers, coasts and all eco-systems are impacted on to some extent by us. The A-level updates for 2016 have allowed new Geography specifications to fully recognise the complexity of people-environment interactions in a rapidly changing world, essentially all of this means we look at stuff that matters!   

Learning outside the classroom

Tutorials: Offered during lunchtimes in the first and third terms to support students with further questions related to classroom learning.
Mentors: We offer a buddy system where A2 students support AS students who have questions about the course. We feel this is mutually beneficial and helps to create a secure and friendly cohesive learning environment.
Societies: Keep on Geogging  is a student led Earth Sciences Club who offer regular Geography related quizzes, film screenings and speakers during lunchtimes.
Activities: We offer a wide variety of activities in lessons. These may range from essay writing master classes, paired mystery activities, group presentations, ‘speed dating’ learning, individual research, field trips and audio visual support.
Competitions: Regular challenges are organised for students to compete in. These include external competitions for example the National Geographic’s Young Geographer of the Year as well as internal contests like the Great Geographical Bake Off!
On line resources for independent study: We use Moodle to file all of our resources (including lessons) for students to access easily and remotely. Drop Box also contains a variety of extra support materials on how to answer questions, model answers, key word definitions. Moodle also contains extra reading and mark schemes for high achieving students.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 24 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years