How is the course assessed?
The Geography course is 80% external exam and 20% NEA. Students undertake three exams at the end of their course. These are Human Interactions (22% of the A Level) which examines units on 'Changing Spaces, Making Places,' 'Global Migration' and 'Human Rights.' Physical Systems (22% of the A level), covering units on 'Glaciated Landscapes,' and 'Earth's Life Support Systems' and finally, Geographical Debates (36% of the A level) examining 'Disease Dilemma's' and 'Hazardous Earth.' The final 20% is the Non-Examined Unit (NEA), an Independent Investigation where students collect, present and analyse information around an individually chosen hypothesis.
What is the average class size?
We have relatively small class sizes in comparison to some sixth forms. There are currently 15 students in Y13 and 34 in Y12 (split in to 2 classes).
Are the teachers specialists in the subject area?
Yes, Mrs Walker has a (BSc) degree in Geography (and a Masters in Teaching and Learning), Mr Twigg has a Physical Geography and Geology degree (BSc), Miss Jackson a Physical Geography and Geology degree (BSc) and Miss Davorn a Human Geography degree and a Masters.
How successful have previous students been in this subject?
Each year we are extremely proud of the success of our A Level students. 100% of students pass their A level with an average of 40% achieving A*-B grades. We are delighted with the progress that all students make.
What other subjects compliment this course?
Due to the nature of A level Geography covering elements of both the Human and Physical world, it is uniquely placed as a subject that is complimented by almost every other subject. Some of our current students are studying subjects such as English, Spanish, Psychology, Politics, Sociology, the Sciences and Maths.
Will studying this subject allow me to go to university?
Geography is one of the nine facilitating subjects and is held in high esteem by universities. Geography not only helps you to understand the world that you live in, it also opens doors for further study.
What careers can the subject lead to?
Geography not only aids our understanding of the diverse world in which we live, but the geographical questions that are investigated, issues that are studied and the enquiry approach to investigating these complex issues, provide geographers with a wide range of transferrable and critical thinking skills that are often sort by employers. This ultimately prepares Geography students for a wide range of jobs, only some of which are listed below:
Geographical information systems officer.
Planning and development surveyor.
Secondary/Primary school teacher.
Working for NGOs.
To name but a few.