A level Geography
QUALIFICATION AS / A2 GEOGRAPHY
EXAMINATION BOARD WJEC
Geography matters because it is relevant. To understand Geography, is to understand your world.
Studying A level Geography encourages learners to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. This will enable learners to develop a critical understanding of the world’s people, places and environments in the 21st Century. Geography’s strength lies in its breadth, learners develop both knowledge and understanding of contemporary geographical concepts together with transferable skills. Geography is regarded by the Russell group universities as one of the eight facilitating subjects, recognised for its academic ‘robustness’, as it develops transferable skills; including planning research projects, data collection, extended report writing, analytical, statistical and presentational skills, all of which are useful in higher education and a range of employment opportunities.
The focus of the course is to develop an enthusiasm for and competence in geography by using contemporary real-world contexts, from a range of spatial scales, and through engagement with and practical application of geographical skills and techniques in the field. The course draws on both physical and human geography, explores people-environment interactions and encourages development of fieldwork at the local level to enable learners to pose enquiry questions.
Units of study
Unit 1: Section A: Changing Landscapes: Coastal Landscapes
Section B: Tectonic Hazards
Unit 2: Section A: Changing Places
Section B: Physical and Human Fieldwork Investigation
Unit 3: Section A: Global Systems: Water and Carbon Cycles
Section B: Global Governance: Change and Challenges
Section C: 21st Century Challenges
Unit 4: Section A: Tectonic Hazards
Section B: Contemporary Themes in Geography
- Economic Growth and Challenge: India
Unit 5: Non Examined Assessment (NEA): Independent Investigation (20%)
Assessment: 80% examination and 20% independent investigation
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSE’s at grades A*-C including English language, Maths and Science. GCSE Geography is desirable but not essential however, this is at the discretion of the tutor. If GCSE Geography has been studied at GCSE a C grade or above is required.
Progression: A good proportion of students continue to study geography at degree level, with recent destinations being Swansea and USW. An even greater number use their Geography as a facilitating subject enabling them to apply for a wide range of courses such as sociology, law, biology and nursing/medicine.
Career paths are varied. As well as traditional jobs in planning, teaching and research. A geography grade often contributes to students accessing professional courses and careers in environmental consulting, architecture, engineering, surveying, business and law as it covers a wide range of skills required in those fields. A number of students also go on to find employment in careers such as the Royal Navy and gain apprenticeships.