"Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future" (Michael Palin)
What is the content of the course?
Geography tackles the big issues:
- environmental responsibility
- our global interdependence
- cultural understanding and tolerance
- commerce, trade and industry.
The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before.
Geography explains why this is and helps to prepare you for those changes.
How will the course be assessed?
The course is assessed in the following ways:
- Component 1: Global Geographical Issues (37.5%) [Topics: Hazardous Earth; Development; Urbanising world]
- Component 2: UK Geographical Issues (37.5%) [Topics: UK’s changing physical landscape; UK’s changing human landscape]
- Component 3: Making Geographical Decisions (37.5%) [Topics: the biosphere; Forests under threat; Energy]
What will the course be like?
Geography involves investigative work, report writing, role play, drawing and annotating diagrams and discussion work. Students will be expected to undertake a minimum of two days' fieldwork. Fieldwork is a compulsory part of the course. There is a small voluntary charge for the trips and there is some financial assistance available for Pupil Premium students.
Are there any special course requirements?
To be a successful geographer, first and foremost, you need to have an interest in our world. You will be expected to keep up to date with current affairs and generally have an enquiring mind. There are data manipulation elements to the course as well as literacy.
What will I be able to do by the end of the course?
By the end of the course you will have:
- learnt new skills and techniques including those of map work and fieldwork
- learnt to justify decisions you make about the world;
- developed a sense of place and become more aware of your place in the world
- developed an appreciation of the environment and the way in which people and their environments interact.
How Geography will help you in the future?
Statistics show that Geography graduates are very employable. This is because they possess the skills that employers look for. In part this is because the subject is a combination of the facts of science and the understanding of the arts. Geography is a subject that will open a vast number of doors in terms of careers, and consequently can take you into a wide variety of areas, both globally, and in terms of a career. Here are some examples:
Planner Market Researcher Housing Officer Estate Agent GIS Specialist Chartered Surveyor Remote Sensing Analyst Cartographer Crime Analyst Transport Manager Location Analyst Retailer Regional Development Officer Travel Agent Tourism Officer Media Researcher Environmental Consultant Estate Manager Forestry Ranger Conservation Officer Pollution Analyst Weather Presenter Disaster Manager Flood Protection Officer Water Supply Coordinator Risk Assessor Hydrologist Coastal Manager Geologist Civil Engineer Soil Conservationist Aid Worker Diplomat Refugee Advisor Charity Coordinator Teacher Marketing Manager Accountant Lawyer Town Planner Social Worker Armed Forces Banking Administration Mining Quarrying Hotel and Leisure Management Grounds person Farmer Film making Archivist Publishing Journalism Nature Conservation Air Crew Courier Air traffic control