A true geographer appreciates the interlinked nature of the world around him or her, and the unique ability we have to analyse and interpret these relationships. As a Geography student you will study a range of topics such as traditional physical landscapes and ecosystems; the concept of sovereignty and the nation state; and contemporary issues such as new Cultural Geography.
You will develop a number of skills:
- Intellectual skills, such as critically evaluating theories and judging evidence in order to make informed decisions and to develop reasoned arguments
- Research skills, such as using a range of technical methods for the collection and analysis of spatial and environmental data and undertaking fieldwork
- Transferable skills, such as teamwork, problem solving, IT skills, communication skills
- Synoptic skills, drawing knowledge from across your studies and even other A levels to bring together a more holistic view of the world.
All students will undertake four days of fieldwork which is mostly covered in a single residential course, as well as London-based trips. This is the chance to practise for university-style data collection which is less directed and more unique to your own interests and strengths.
Paper 1: Physical Geography
- Water and carbon cycles
- Hot desert environments or coastal systems and landscapes
- Hazards or ecosystems under stress or cold environments
Paper 2: Human Geography
- Global systems and global governance
- Changing places
- Contemporary urban environments or population and the environment or resource security