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Geography A Level at Harton Technology College

Course description

The course is designed to address key ideas and debates in the world today, such as climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration and management of the world’s resources. It also aims to provide a knowledge and understanding of physical processes and human behaviour.

Course content

Physical and Human Geography including the study of core geographical concepts along with contrasting theme of contemporary or environmental impact, management and sustainability.

Unit 1:

Students will study the core physical section of Rivers, floods and management alongside the core human section of Population change. In addition there are three optional physical topics: Cold environments, Coastal environments and Hot desert environments and their margins from which you will study one. Likewise there are three optional human topics of Food supply issues, Energy issues and Health Issues of which you will study one.

Unit 2:

Students will also develop Geographical skills in planning, collecting and analysing information as well as concluding and evaluating fieldwork and research finding.

Unit 3:

Students will introduce key contemporary global issues, and will allow you to explore the significance of the issues and examine a range of impacts and potential solutions to them.

Physical options include: Plate tectonics and associated hazards, Weather and climate and associated hazards, Ecosystems: change and challenge.

Human options include: World cities, Development and globalisation, Contemporary conflicts and challenges.

You will also develop research skills which provides second year students with the opportunity to specialise in an area of geography that interests them.

Entry requirements

For those students who did not take GCSE Geography a minimum of one grade B in a science subject.

Future opportunities

A Level Geography can lead onto a wide range of careers and further qualifications in both the arts and sciences:

Aid agencies, Travel Journalism, Town and Country Planning, Transport Management, Property Researcher, Business Consultant, River and Flood Management, Environment Agency, Education, Research, Local Government, Forest Enterprise, Meteorological work.

Geography also gives students good prospects into other non related careers such as: Accountancy, Law, Police and Armed Services, due to the skills, analytical and data handling techniques learnt through the subject.

Further information

Which other subjects compliment this subject?

  • Geography is a multi-disciplinary subject and therefore compliments both science and art based subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harton Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 08 December 2016

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