We are all global citizens, affected daily by events across the world. From the spread of coronavirus impacting on holiday plans, to the plight of migrants crossing the channel, to the increasing availability of electric cars to meet national carbon emissions targets, A Level Geography students explore the economic, social, political and environmental causes and impacts of events to come to a better understanding of the world we live in.
The A level syllabus covers a wide range of topics. The Physical Geography paper looks at Earth’s Life support systems and how they operate in the contrasting environments of the Tropical rainforests and tundra regions then Glaciated landscapes. In Human Geography, we focus on Space and Place: how and why people perceive their environments at a variety of scales, why some cities have recently declined, and how they are being rebranded to move forward in the 21st century. In the Geographical Debates paper, on the Physical side we study Tectonic hazards and their management, while on the Human side, Disease Dilemmas, including the distribution, spread and impacts of communicable and non-communicable diseases – so Covid 19 is currently providing us with considerable case study material. In addition, all Year 12 Geographers take part in a four-day fieldtrip to the Lake District, where they learn a variety of fieldwork techniques as well as consolidate their understanding of the taught units.
The varied subject matter of Geography means it sits comfortably alongside many other subjects. Results are consistently strong and students go on to study Finance, Engineering and Medicine, as well as Geography itself and related subjects. So study Geography to learn about the world around you and to develop data analysis and report writing skills that will be of use throughout your working life.