Courses / Geography
This course will be of interest to those who want to learn more about a range of current issues including globalisation, environmental issues, development and sustainability. There are three examined components and a coursework element based on fieldwork investigation. The course also enables students to develop a range of practical and analytical skills through fieldwork, data analysis and problem-solving. In addition to studying current aspects of global change, students will build their knowledge through practical investigations and research. The course includes a range of local and residential fieldwork opportunities.
If you choose this course you would benefit from:
- An experienced teacher who specialises in geography and has experience in research and environmental management.
- Activities that develop Transferable skills and approaches that develop independence and application of knowledge
- Guest lecturers and industry experts who in the past have included representatives from Leicester University, Kings College London, development charities and Airbus UK
- Fieldwork activities and trips to student conferences, as well as an opportunity to go on a trip abroad (these have included Italy, Iceland and Kenya)
In the first year you will study:
- Changing landscapes (coasts)
- Changing places
- Global systems: carbon cycle and water cycle
- An introduction to the coursework project
In the second year you will study:
- Global governance: migration and oceans
- Tectonic hazards and management
- Development studies
What will I be taught?
This course is taught through a range of approaches that include teacher-led sessions as well as student activities including practical work, research projects and presentations. A ‘flipped’ approach is used much of the time with students undertaking preparatory work to contribute to class activities, these are outlined on Moodle. There is a focus on developing good study and exam skills to encourage good data handling and interpretation. The use of GIS is encouraged and embedded within the course.
Classroom activities will include:
- Individual tasks and research activities using a range of resources
- group presentations
- student led sessions
- regular topic assessments and interactive online quizzes
All students are expected to take part in compulsory residential fieldwork as well as local fieldwork activities. Costs vary depending on location but each year we offer a short residential course to provide intensive skills training and coursework preparation at a cost of around £150. There is the opportunity for an optional residential “experience” trip abroad every two years.
Based on research into how students learn best, each subject will set independent work to allow you to recap what you have done in the past, consolidate understanding for what you are studying in the present and develop the skills and experiences which will help you for the future. You can read more about the college’s approach to independent study here
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Each subject will set weekly homework tasks to help you consolidate your understanding and prepare for your next lesson. This work is typically set through Microsoft Teams, so you will have an electronic log of all your work, notes and feedback.
A key part of your independent work in this subject will be to prepare for a range of potential jobs and higher education courses when you leave us. To get started, look below at the top higher education courses and jobs which previous students of this course have gone on to do.
Geographers are said to be amongst the most employable people since they have developed a wide range of transferable skills that are applicable to many career paths. The rate at which the world’s environment and society are changing, combined with growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social inequality, means that geography is one of the most relevant courses students can choose to study. Geography is a facilitating subject that contains topics from both humanities and science spheres: it is included as a science subject for most other courses that require additional sciences in support.
Students who have studied with us have progressed into a wide range of employment and undergraduate courses. Many go on to study Geography or related subjects at University including Environmental Science, Oceanography, and Hazard Management. You can work in a range of areas such as environmental management, urban planning, energy studies, conservation, business and teaching.
5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)
5 in English Language
5 in Maths
Not essential but it will help your success…
An interest in global and environmental issues and current affairs and how they affect people and places around the world. A willingness to engage with stimulating information and develop new skills.
Pairs well with many other subjects across a range of disciplines such as sociology, biology, applied science, history, politics and economics.
Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.
3 examined units:
- Changing Landscapes and Changing Places (20.5%)
- Global Systems and Global Governance (27.5%)
- Contemporary Themes in Geography (32%)
- Non-examined coursework (20%)