Geography offers the opportunity to explore a range of geographical environments, places, political issues, systems, and hazards. It combines a good grounding in physical processes with challenging and contemporary themes in human geography, which provide the depth and rigour required for a future university degree course.
As a geographer you will be interested in the world around you, asking questions and discussing a plethora of issues such as: Why can we not sustainably support a rapidly growing population? Is climate change causing an increase in natural hazards? The AQA syllabus is designed to challenge students’ perspectives and stimulate the analytical and investigative skills needed to answer the many questions that we, as geographers, ask about the world around us.
Throughout the AQA course we develop our geographical understanding by synthesising all aspects studied previously within the context of environmental issues, both human and physical. The syllabus also encourages the acquisition of specific geographical skills and abilities, in particular the skills of independent research, fieldwork, analysis, and effective communication.
We encourage independent learning, wider reading and understanding of current issues to support the development of well-informed and independent-minded geographers, who can apply their skills to meet the demands of the world as they will find it. Our studies are supported by a wide variety of fieldtrips, conferences, and lectures, including a weeklong residential trip to Nettlecombe Court. This fieldwork opportunity facilitates the students’ independent completion of a Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) project, worth 20% of their final grade.
Geography is an interdisciplinary subject, bridging the gap between the arts and sciences. This course proves popular at A-level with many of our students choosing to continue to study Geography (~40%) at university, including Oxford and Cambridge. Our A-level course equips learners with the skills required to make a success of a wide variety of courses at university, including architecture, planning, engineering, medicine, law, and accountancy.
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