Why choose geography ‘AS’ or ‘A’ level?
Get in touch with the world.
‘A’ level Geography gives you a strong foundation for understanding the two main themes of the subject: human geography and physical geography. Between them, they’re what make our planet tick.
Human geography deals with how people and the environment interact and the way we both exist. It also looks at how people and groups move and live in the world around us. For example, you’ll learn about things you see in the papers and on the news everyday. Physical geography on the other hand, is all about the scientific aspects of our world, with an emphasis on how we can manage them. It’s not all theory either, you’ll get the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and do some fieldwork.
What’s in store?
|In the classroom during the first (AS) year you’ll get a solid grounding in geography. The four units you will study are:|
There’ll be more fieldwork too, with the freedom to choose your own area of research which will be worth 20% of your final grade.
Will it fit into my life?
Geography also gives a unique opportunity to develop all the Essential skills.
Students who take Geography find it goes well with Mathematics and any other Science or Arts subject. This means Geography can either be your specialist topic, or play a supporting role for other subjects.
All of these skills are very important to employers.
If I am successful, where will it take me?
Anywhere on earth!!!!
As geography is about the interaction between people and our planet, it is valid for many different career paths. Statistics show that compared with other subjects, geographers are amongst the most employable people (see the table showing graduate unemployment in this leaflet).
Many of those leaving university with a geography degree enter three fields of employment:
This is because geographers possess the abilities and skills that many employers look for.
What do employers want and what do geography courses provide?
Employers want people who can analyse their work – Geographical Investigations test hypotheses and involve analysis.
On your marks……
Each year you will have two written papers to complete. The combined marks from those papers account for 80% of your final ‘A’ level grade. In year 12, the exam papers will assess the fieldwork you have completed.
What do the students think?
These are the thoughts of some of the students who took AS geography this year and are in the current year 12 class.
These are the thoughts of some of the students in the 2016/17 A/S Geography class.
How successful has the school been?
Over the last 17 years 130 students have taken ‘A’ level geography at Gowerton.
They have all achieved pass marks and 78% have gained a grade C or above (see the table showing ‘A’ and ‘AS’ results in this leaflet).
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