Alevel Geography at King Edward VI Aston School
Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world's current problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. Geography at A Level is an interesting, useful and relevant subject for all sixth form students. The Geography Department aims to foster a love of the subject and works hard to ensure that all students thrive and excel in their geographical studies. Whether you have an innate curiosity about the world you live in or whether you wish to further your academic or career prospects you will find that geography is an active and exciting course to follow.
The exam course we currently follow is the AQA Geography specification through which a range of different aspects of geography are covered, with topics being chosen to meet the requirements of our students. The topics in Year 12 are rivers (flooding and management); population change; glaciation and global health issues, with the following being studied in Year 13; plate tectonics; world cities and; development and globalisation. Geography is one of a number of subjects currently undergoing a national reform under the guidance of Ofqual and the Department for Education. At the time of writing we are awaiting official accreditation of the new courses and a final decision regarding the specification that will be followed will not be made until this accreditation is complete, however it is likely to be similar to that being studied at the moment.
The exam course that we follow is the AQA Geography specification which can be viewed on their web site at www.aqa.org.uk The A level codes is 2031. These modules contain a good degree of choice and, wherever practical, this choice is given to the students themselves.
Choosing geography at A Level can open the doors to a university degree, either specifically in geography or by combining geography with other A Levels to gain a place on a degree programme in another subject. An A Level in geography is recognised for its academic ‘robustness’ and, most importantly, it also helps young people into the world of work. The job market is a competitive one and the study of geography can give you an edge. Geographers have many skills which are valued by employers, so many doors can be opened by studying geography at A Level and beyond. Geography teaches important life skills, personal learning and thinking skills and functional skills, as well as developing a critical way of thinking about the world. Employers are looking for quality people to invest in, and geography is a subject which explores the importance of the future. Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas and put simply there is no such thing as a geography job, there are jobs that geographers do. Studying geography provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning.
Above all, students who study A level geography enjoy the course and the range of fieldtrips, they develop a critical understanding about our rapidly changing world, and find themselves better prepared to live and work in our ever changing world.
During Year 12 there will be a three day field trip, currently to Snowdonia and costing about £200 to prepare for the AS examination. This is an exciting opportunity for boys to apply their knowledge to the real world and to develop their critical understanding of the subject. Year 13 currently consists of 4 individual day trips to complement the programme of study. Further enrichment opportunities are sought each year to further the knowledge and understanding of our students.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Aston School directly.