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Geography A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Course description

The AS and Advanced (A2) level Geography course emphasises the study of Geographical change. The specification builds on and develops from the GCSE Curriculum in terms of its themes and skills. The content focuses upon Physical and Human Geography, studied through contemporary investigations.

Fieldwork plays a vital role at both AS and A2 level and will be examined.

Students are encouraged to take an active role in their learning, utilising the latest technology. Throughout the course students will be expected to call upon their own geographical experiences and to enhance their work with knowledge of local geographical issues.

Course content

Two modules are studied at AS level, i.e. Physical and Human Geography (GEOG 1) and Geographical Skills (GEOG 2). Fieldwork is a key feature of both modules.

At A2 level new themes are considered appertaining to contemporary human and physical Geography in GEOG 3. Whilst every candidate will have to carry out fieldwork investigations, this will be in the format of either Geography Fieldwork investigation (GEOG 4A) or Geographical Issue Evaluation (GEOG 4B).

Entry requirements

A minimum attainment grade “B” at GCSE is essential.

Future opportunities

Clear links with the Science and Arts disciplines, within the School's AS and A level curriculum will be forged, which will ensure that students receive a broad and valuable education. This will allow students to follow scientific or arts based courses at undergraduate level.

Many employers perceive Geography as being an excellent bridging subject - through which many life-skills are developed. Consequently, career opportunities for qualified Geographers are wide and varied. Many go on to use their scientific experience in hydrology, glaciology and geological surveying. In addition, environmental posts are obtained in Environmental Health Care, Landscape Architecture or in Town and Country Planning.

Management skills ensure graduate Geographers are actively pursued for Industrial Management, Advertising, Local Government and Foreign Office posts. Social Services are another career route followed by Geographers, gaining employment in Consumer Services, Medical Demography, the Court Service, Police and of course Teaching. With the growth of leisure and tourism many opportunities now exist in this field.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015

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