Why Study Geography?
Never has there been a better time to be studying Geography. It is a subject that is never out of the news. Whether it is a natural disaster wreaking havoc across portions of our globe; or we witness, through news, millions starving; it is Geography that helps human beings make sense of what seems like a catastrophe.
Nationally, the numbers of students studying Geography continue to rise. Only 5.8% of geography graduates were still job-hunting six months after they graduated, against an average of 7.3%.
“It is a subject that helps young people into work. Many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying Geography can provide and Geography in higher education is thriving. Geography students are among those gaining greatest satisfaction from their studies, and geography graduates have a relatively low level of unemployment. It’s no wonder there is a growing demand to study the subject at university.”
-Michael Palin, President of the Royal Geographical Society
|Learning Journey||Progression Model|
Students study the EDUQAS Geography A specification (A110QS) which includes four days of fieldwork.
Component 1 (Changing landscapes and changing places):
Section A – Glaciated Landscapes
Section B – Changing Places
Assessment – 105min exam (20.5% of final grade)
Component 2 (Global systems and global governance):
Section A – Global Systems
Section B – Global Governance
Section C – 21st Century Challenges
Assessment – 120min exam (27.5% of final grade)
Component 3 (Contemporary themes in Geography):
Section A – Tectonic Hazards
- Weather and Climate
- Economy of India
Assessment – 135min exam (32% of final grade)
NEA (Geography Fieldwork Investigation):
Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field.
The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.
Assessment – 3,000 – 4,000 words coursework (20% of final grade)
Careers/Higher Education Pathways
A-Level Geography can lead to a wide range of careers and further qualifications in both the arts and sciences. Aid agencies, Travel Journalism, Town and Country Planning, Transport Management, Property Researcher, Business Consultant, River and Flood Management, Environment Agency, Education, Research, Local Government, Forest Enterprise, Meteorological work.
Geography also gives students good prospects into other non-related careers such as: Accountancy, Law, Police and Armed Services, due to the skills, analytical and data handling techniques learnt through the subject.