Geography is the integrated study of the earth’s places, peoples, environments and societies.

At its core lies the understanding of the relationships and impacts between people and the environment. It is unique in bridging the social sciences (Human Geography) with its understanding of the dynamics of societies, cultures and behaviour, and the earth sciences (Physical Geography) in the understanding of physical landscapes and the dynamics of environmental processes. Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the essential context of places and regions – recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them.

In the Sixth Form the students follow the OCR Specification. The AS course consists of two units of work, assessed in two 1.5 hour written exam papers:

ModuleModule TitleTopic
1 Managing Physical Environments. River Environments.
Coastal Environments.
Cold Environments.
2 Managing Change in Human Environments. Managing Urban Change.
Managing Rural Change.
The Growth of Tourism.

The students who continue with A2 Geography study a further two units again both assessed in written exam papers:

ModuleModule TitleTopic
3 Global Issues. Environmental Issues:
Earth Hazards.
Climatic Hazards.
Economic Issues:
Population and Resources.
4 Geographical Skills Geographical Skills and Research.

Between the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth the students plan and carry out an Individual Geographical Investigation of their choice in the local area. The aim is to equip the students with an understanding of the skills needed to research, present and critique an investigation and the associated techniques that are used to collect, present and analyse the data.

Geography will compliment both Science and Humanities at A level because of the topics covered but you will also learn transferable skills such as collection, analysis and interpretation of data, the application of methodical working techniques, the ability to view problems from a number of angles and some general knowledge of the world. Students who have taken A level Geography have studied subjects as varied as Biological Sciences, Law, Nursing and Civil Engineering and gone onto jobs in sectors such as marketing, teaching, urban planning, law and conservation.

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