Geography

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A brief look at the topics listed below will show you that Geography students study some of the most important and challenging issues facing the world. Through your studies you will develop the skills and knowledge needed by those in the public, voluntary and business sectors to make informed decisions on which the future of our planet depends. The skills learned are transferable and will open the door to many career options.

We expect you to take an active part in lessons, to ask questions and draw your own reasoned conclusions about key issues based on your research.

Year 1

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Coastal landscapes and Change
  • Diverse Places
  • Coursework - which must involve fieldwork
  • 4 Days fieldwork (may be taken partly in Year 2)

Year 2

  • Migration
  • Identity and Sovereignty
  • Super powers and Geo Politics
  • Synoptic study of human and physical geography in places
  • The Water Cycle and Rivers
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy
  • Coursework – which must involve fieldwork

I can relate the topics to what we did at GCSE and enjoy that it’s in more depth than before. I also enjoy that we have two teachers, one for human geography and the other for physical.

Elise Coughlin, ex Oathall Community College

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements

PLUS
Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and Science.
AND
Grade 4 or above in Geography (if taken)
How The Course is Assessed
80% exam and 20% coursework
Career Pathways
Students go on to degrees in related subjects such as Earth or Environmental Sciences, International Tourism, Development Studies or Geography itself. The subject leads to careers in public services, environmental research and conservation, eco-tourism, working for voluntary organisations, development work and a wide range of business environments.
Transferable Skills
Teamwork; problem-solving; quantitative and qualitative skills; subject knowledge relevant to many social, economic and environmental challenges. digital mapping.
Other Information
There are four days fieldwork for which there will be costs of around £100 plus opportunities for optional overseas trips.
Enquiries To
Mark Halliwell: mrh@varndean.ac.uk