Geography

You will have the opportunity to explore the key aspects of human and physical geography which shape our world. Geography will help you understand the problems facing the world in the 21st Century. Topics include Changing Places, Global Cycles, Global Systems and Changing Landscapes. We also offer students the choice of following a Human Geography or Physical Geography pathway, allowing you to focus on the issues which are most important to you. This exciting course also includes fieldwork, giving students the opportunity to explore the concepts covered in class as well as develop a wide range of skills to take forward into future careers. There is a 20% coursework element to the course, giving students the chance to undertake their own research on a topic of their choice. The International Development enrichment course is popular with those students taking the Human Geography pathway.

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A Level

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What will I study?

You will have the opportunity to explore key aspects of the Human and Physical Geography which shapes the world in which we live.  Geography will help you understand the problems facing the World in the 21st Century. Topics include Changing Places Changing Landscapes, Global Systems, Global Governance and Plate Tectonics.  Also we offer students the choice of pursuing a Human Geography or a Physical Geography Pathway, allowing you to focus on the issues which are most important to you.  This exciting course also includes fieldwork, giving students the opportunity to explore the concepts covered in class as well as develop a wide range of skills to take forward into your future career.

Options

You will study one of the following pathways either the Physical Geography pathway or the Human Geography pathway.

Human Geography Pathway

If you take the Human Geography Pathway you will study in addition to the core topics the following units:-

Development in Sub Saharan Africa - this looks at the physical, political,social, econcomic, environmental factors impacting on Sub Saharan Africa.

Energy Challenges and Dilemas - this looks at the distribution of energy resources, the physical factors determing their supply, reasons for the growing demand for energy and issues associated with managing these resources.

Physical Geography Pathway

If you take the Physical Geography  Pathway you will study in addition to the core topics the following units:-

Ecosystems - looks at the key functions of ecosystems, why biodviersity is at risk and methods to conserve biodversity and the issues facing the Arctic tundra.

Weather and Climate - looks at how the World's atmosphereic systems lead to distinct climates, the UK weather systems, climatic hazards associated with low and high pressure events and strategies to mitigate against climate change.

How will I learn?

You will learn in a wide range of ways from group work, problem solving tasks, research tasks and presentations in class to conducting fieldwork in a variety of Human and Physical locations, where you will be able to use a range of Geography fieldwork techniques and apply these to writing up the findings of your investigation.

How will I be assessed?

80 % of the course is assessed by three exams at the end of your second year. The later 20% is done via fieldwork which will comprise of either a Human or Physical Geography project carried out by you during the 2 years and will offer you the chance to develop a wide range of practical skills before creating a 4,000 word fieldwork report.

Are there any trips on this course?

The trips offered are always changing to meet the needs and interests of our students, however recent trips have included visits to the South Wales Valleys and the Big Pit to look at the economic and industrial change, South Coast to look at coastal management and local trips to places such as Cirencester to local at place identity.

We also offer in addition opitional residentials one to Somerset to assist with the coursework each year and every other year to a international location (next one is 2022  destination to be confirmed) in the past we have gone to Morroco, Iceland and Italy.

What enrichment activities are offered?

We go on a range of day fieldtrips ranging from the South Wales Valleys and the Big Pit to studying coastal managment on the South Coast.

We also offer an optional residential to Somerset to aid students in their coursework; as well as an optional international trip (next one in 2022 destination to be confirmed), in the past we have gone to Iceland, Morocco and Italy.

In the first year we organise for a variety of external speakers to come in and talk to our students, not just from Universities but also from a wide range of potential employers in our Geography Conference.

We also run trips to a range of Universities to look at the Geography courses on offer from Cardiff University to Gloucestershire University.

We also offer an enrichment opportunity to discuss and look at issues to do with International Development.

 

Careers Information

FAQs

What opportunities are there to explore progression possibilities?

We run a number of events throughout the year aimed at giving students the opportunity to explore progression possibilities.

In the past this has included trips to a range of universities including Bristol, Cardiff, The University of Gloucestershire and the Royal Agricultural University.

How much work will I be expected to do outside of the classroom?

This will vary throughout the year depending on if you are currently completing coursework or building up to an exam, however in an average week you are likely to receive between 1 and 2 hours of work a week.

Q. How many trips do you go and on average, how much do they cost?

Students have to do 4 trips over the length of the course.  Some of these trips will be local i.e. visiting Cirencester during the lesson, others will be further afield to South Wales to look at de-industrialisation, or to the Dorset coastline to look at the dramatic coastal landforms.

The trip costs cover our transport fees and range in the region of £15 to £20.  

How many hours a week will I be studying Geography?

Lessons are for 4.5 hours a week (1.5 hours a lesson).  

What is the coursework element of the course?

It is worth 20% of the overall course and is an independent investigation on a topic of the student’s choice. We give a lot of guidance and support to get them started and they write it up over the summer between their first and second year. This is the chance for students to undertake research into something they are really interested in and is a useful experience to refer to if applying for university.