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Geography A level at St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre

Course description

A-Level Geography is a challenging subject which addresses a wide range of dynamic issues.

In the 21st Century the role of the geographer has become more important in society. Discussions on sustainability and the way we deal with environmental issues are seen as one of the greatest challenges facing the world, and over the course of many decades issues that have dominated our conscious minds such as war in the Middle East, deforestation in the Amazon and the exponential growth of world population has led to Geography being seen as a facilitating subject for a wide number of university degree courses and potential careers.

By choosing to study A-level Geography at St. Peter’s you will be joining a department that has recently achieved outstanding results and guided many students into successful careers.

Course content

The new A-level course is made up of three main components, taught over two-years.

Component 1- Physical Geography – you will explore in detail the following areas:

  • water and carbon cycles,
  • hot desert environments,
  • coastal systems,
  • hazards,
  • ecosystems
  • cold environments.

Component 2 – Human Geography - the focus will be on three of the following:

  • global systems and global governance,
  • changing places,
  • contemporary urban environments,
  • population and the environment
  • resource security.

Component 3 is where students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

Entry requirements

The general requirement to enter St Peter's Sixth Form to study 3 A levels, is 5 GCSEs at grade C / level 4 or above including English and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be taken into account.

Required for this course:

B in GCSE Geography is desirable.

Students without this qualification will be considered but may be asked to complete some preparatory work.

Future opportunities

Geography qualifications suit people looking at professions in:

  • architecture and design;
  • planning;
  • conservation;
  • ecology;
  • medical professions (particularly ethical decisions);
  • travel professionals
  • a range of other courses.

Geography is also seen as a complementary subject to a number of other courses studied at A-Level and Geography is one of a few subjects that can be taken at university both as an arts subject (BA) and a science subject (BSc).

Geography is a ‘facilitating’ A-Level providing a good preparation for a wide range of degree courses. Geography students have transferable skills along with experience of research projects and working in teams.

Geography graduates have progressed to employment in:

  • management consultancy,
  • local and central government,
  • conservation,
  • law,
  • media,
  • teaching
  • research.

Geography A-Level will equip you with the relevant knowledge and skills to start any journey into a successful career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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