Geography A Level at Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy
The course requires students to gain a wide variety of skills and knowledge across both elements of Human and Physical Geography. With the draft specifications only just released by exam boards, the specific content of the courses are still to be confirmed. During the first year students will study two contrasting human units and two physical units. In addition to this students will participate in a compulsory field work investigation in order to develop the skills component of the course.
At A2 students develop a more in depth and evaluative understanding of topics studied. Again these are subject to confirmation, but will include a combination of different physical and human components. Students will build upon the skills gained at AS to conduct further field work investigation, where their analytical and evaluative understanding of the processes that underpin field work will be assessed.
All Level 3 students must have 5 separate GCSE passes (A*-C), including English Language and Maths.
Grade B in English Language, Grade C in Geography (if studied at GCSE)
Studying geography allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of the contemporary issues that face them today. It involves analysing complex situations, collecting and interpreting data, communicating findings and formulating solutions. It is these transferable skills that interest a wide variety of employers.
The technical aspects of the course such as the use of Geographical information is used in all kinds of businesses and organisations and the development of geographic information systems has meant new ways of inputting, storing, displaying and analysing geographic information on computer systems.
The study of geography can lead to specific areas of employment, and yet the multitude of transferable skills it develops means graduates go into a very wide range of jobs. These include a variety of business, environmental, demographic and social fields. Overall, geography gives students a wide variety of skills that are adaptable and applicable to a wide variety of situations both within and outside the workplace.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.