Geography - A Level - Year 1

Geography focuses on the study of issues which affect us all; from earthquakes and global warming to conflict over resources and migration. You will look at world patterns before trying to understand the human and scientific processes behind these patterns. We then explore the issues in depth. One of the key questions concerns equality (is everyone affected equally?) and who is responsible for solving these problems – should the superpowers do more? You will look at both high-tech solutions and more common-sense approaches and assess what difference these might make to the lives of people on our planet.

How will I be assessed?

There are 3 examined papers; Human Geography (30%), Physical Geography (30%) and a ‘synoptic’ paper (20%) which will focus on bringing together your knowledge of the whole 2 years. There is also a 4000word piece of coursework.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 including Geography or another Humanities subject and 3 at Grade 5 including Maths and English.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses including Applied Science HNC/D or a Higher Apprenticeship.
  • University - related degrees including Human & Physical Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies, International Relations, Economics, Land Economy, Teaching, Law, History and Psychology.
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Leisure Management, Banking & Finance, Secondary School Teaching, Property Management, Retail Management and a variety of other professions.

Additional information

There will be a compulsory field trip, which may be subsidised by the College and is necessary to prepare for your coursework. There will also be an optional field trip and the chance to visit university Geography departments and to sample university life.

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