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DEDICATED STAFF AND OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAVEL. LEARN ABOUT HOW PEOPLE INTERACT WITH THE WORLD AROUND THEM.
WHAT YOU STUDY
We study a wide range of topics – both human and physical topics. At AS students tend to build on what we have already learnt at GCSE including Rivers, Coasts, Population and World Energy. At A2 level, we study some more specific topics including globalisation, ecosystems and the devastating effects of volcanoes and earthquakes, as well as issues related to our ever increasing world population. You answer questions such as: What has Geography got to do with war? Will there be enough food and energy in the future? How do we tackle climate change? What causes a Tsunami and why are there variations in the responses and effects in different areas of the world?
Geography is an extremely interesting subject. Once students have studied Geography to A-level, the interest in the world around them usually never leaves.
HOW YOU STUDY
A-level students are taken on rivers fieldwork in the Suckley hills to complete the fieldwork element of the GEOG2 examination. We are proposing to offer a further international trip this year to Morocco, following on from the success of our previous trip to Iceland. Apart from fieldwork, students are taught research skills and develop case studies from their own investigative work. Discussion work is also important in this subject, especially around issue based case studies. All lessons are in newly equipped rooms.
DEPARTMENT STRENGTHS AND RESOURCES
The department staff have studied Geography to degree level, and have a huge range of teaching experiences. We are lucky to be housed in dedicated rooms with excellent resources. The teaching staff are enthusiastic and teach all lessons with energy, drawing from a depth of academic and personal knowledge and experience.
PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY
A-level Geography is well respected by universities for the skills it teaches students. It is often essential in order to study Geography to degree level, and useful for many other degree applications, including Geology, Environmental Sciences, Politics and Biology. Geographers are also ideally equipped for town planning, teaching, accountancy, finance, business and many other university courses.
We have achieved a 100% pass rate at A2 since 2010. Many of our students have taken Geography at University level. In 2012 65% gained a B grade or better including 5 A*s (Thomas Clarke, Luke Fullwood, Rees Horton, Anna Kubinski, Ceri Savage) and 2 As (Molly Phillips and Thomas Speakman).
COMBINES WELL WITH
Subjects Geography combines well with virtually any other subject, both ‘arts’ and ‘sciences’. It combines especially well with Biology, English, History and Sciences including Geology.
GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Most of our students have studied Geography at GCSE level but this is not always necessary. Usually C or above in Geography is needed but please discuss this with a member of staff.