King James' School

Geography

What’s it all about? 

Geography is a contemporary subject that looks at the relationship between population and the physical environment at a variety of scales from local to global.  The units studied offer opportunities for you to consider your own values and attitudes to themes and issues discussed, as well as those of the decision makers.  It also encourages the acquisition of a broad range of skills, including the ability to deal with statistics and analyse maps and other kinds of data. Some GCSE topics will be touched on but there are many new ones to learn about.  There’s a lot more depth in the ones you think you know all about! 

Fieldwork is a vital part of any A Level Geography course.  In Year 12 we will visit two locations which cover both human and physical geographical theory and case studies.  Over the course of the two year course you will complete 4 days of field work which will be examined at AS Level and will form your Individual Investigation at A2. 

Exam and Assessment Information: 

AQA 

AS - 7036

A Level - 7037 

You will study a range of themes and issues including coastal systems and landscapes, water and carbon cycles and hazards. 

Human geography topics that will be studied are changing places, contemporary urban environments and global systems and governance. 

You will be introduced to new theory and explore these themes through the study of a few in depth case studies.

To get started: 

GCSE Geography at C grade is required.  If not taken at GCSE level then five GCSE’s at A*-C, including Science.  As well as Maths and English Language at grade 5.

Geography is a broad subject and works well with many different combinations of subjects.  Some students are scientists, others study a number of humanities subjects.  You will be required to do some statistical analyses so a good level of maths is required.

What next? 

You will gain a wide range of skills so you will be well equipped to enter a variety of jobs and degree courses, including environmental and recreation management, pollution science, global futures, transport studies, geology and oceanography.  Geography graduates are highly sought after and post-graduate unemployment is low.

Our students say … 

“I enjoy Geography because it effectively combines the scientific elements and explaining geographical processes with the social elements of discussing the impacts of geography in everyday life.  It is a fascinating insight into the way the world works and the fieldwork is great.”  Natalie Keogh 

“I enjoy the range of areas we study in Geography, with the human and physical side, and the different topics within them.  It is a good A-level to have due to the variety of skills used within the course.  Maths, Science and analytical skills are combined within the subject.  The course is fun as well as interesting.”  Mark Taylor

There are aspects of this course that are mathematical, you may want to support this subject with a Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies.  The details of this can be found on page 28.

Geography