Geography AS/A2 Level at St Mary's Catholic High School
A level Geography builds on your GCSE experience in that it encourages the enquiry approach that you have been familiar with, and it encourages critical thinking of a range of issues. An exciting element of A level Geography is that it focuses on understanding the relationships between people and their varied environments, and the questions, issues and problems which arise from these relationships.
AS and A Level Geography is a challenge to all students, an opportunity to develop skills for life in a constantly changing world. It is exciting, demanding, relevant and worthwhile. It encourages student to wonder at, enjoy, question, critically understand and fully participate in the changing world in which we live.
Knowledge, skills and understanding are closely linked, but the course covers a wide range of knowledge which provides a useful background to life in today’s world.
Generally speaking, the course can be divided into Natural and Human Environment topics, with the emphasis on issues affecting the world at a range of scales; for example:
AS Level Modules:
Changing Physical Environments. This includes investigation of climate change and hazards (tectonic & flooding).
Changing Human Environments. This includes investigation of settlement change in economically developed countries and population change.
A2 Level Modules:
Contemporary Themes & Research in Geography. This includes investigation of themes such as coastal management and world development, alongside an individual research enquiry. This enquiry is based upon themes such as the geography of crime, deprivation, pollution, retailing, disease and further optional topics.
Sustainability: Here we study issues which are critical to the future of our planet; for example, sustainable food supply, energy, cities and water supply.
Modern Geography is far from a study of world problems, it is the opportunity to understand how natural and human processes affect our world, understand the impact of them on the environment and then make informed decisions about how best to manage the future of Planet Earth.
Fieldwork: Fieldwork is a fundamental part of the AS and A level Geography course. In previous years A level Geography students have taken part in fieldwork in North Yorkshire, Holderness coast, and Iceland.
GCSE Geography grade B or above. Students studying AS/A level Geography need to be aware that at least one residential fieldwork course, as well as local fieldwork, may need to be undertaken to satisfy the requirements of this course.
Geography is an excellent ‘bridge’ subject with which to broaden your field of study since it can be combined successfully with Arts and Science subjects. There are wide career prospects, particularly when studied alongside History, Economics and sciences such as Biology and Chemistry.
There are many career openings in a wide range of areas eg information technology, geographical information systems, law, market research, business and management, cartography, environmental management, town planning etc.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's Catholic High School directly.