What does A-Level Geography involve?
A-Level Geography at St Catherine’s builds on the topics studied at GCSE, you will cover similar topic areas but in much more detail and also learn to think critically about the subject.
You will develop a wide range of skills that provides you with a portfolio of skills beyond most other A-Level subjects, for example:
- The use of statistics and graphical techniques in analysing data,
- The ability to argue points in pieces of extended writing/essays,
- Travelling the world and being able to plan and collect data for further analysis.
We study the AQA specification which changed in 2016 and which really emphasises current issues that impact on the world such as migration and global warming.
There are two fieldtrips a year, a day trip to Rye to study dune and shingle habitats and the damage they experience from tourism and a trip abroad. In 2015 we went to Naples and in 2016 we visited the volcanic and glacial wonders of Iceland.
A Grade A in GCSE Geography will be a required. Students should have the ability to work well independently and in groups in the classroom and in the field. Students will not need to have studied particular topics before but they should be familiar with the use of maps and graphical data.
Is Geography useful when looking for a job?
Studies have shown that Geographers leaving university are amongst the most employable of any graduates. Why? Because Geography equips them with transferable skills for the complex world of employment today.
∙ Make a concise report
∙ Handle data to develop numeracy skills
∙ Make decisions and think independently
∙ Analyse material
∙ Manage themselves
∙ Solve problems
∙ Utilise new technologies
∙ Good communicators
∙ Spatially aware
∙ Socially and environmentally aware ∙ Problem solvers
∙ Good team players
∙ Computer literate
∙ Well rounded, flexible thinkers
Few subjects equip you for as broad a range of careers as Geography. Further studies can lead to careers in law, investment banking, accountancy, market research, management consultancy, aid work, landscape architecture, countryside management, field studies work, environmental consultancy, civil engineering, social work, cartography, surveying, town planning, retail, finance, travel, tourism, heritage management.
A number of past students have been accepted on Geography courses at excellent universities such as Norwich (2015) and Durham (2015).
Teaching staff / further information:
Mr D Rock
Mr C Cox