“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?”
Michael Palin – President of the Royal Geographical Society
This specification focuses on the study of contemporary geography and the relationship between human populations over space and time with the environment. The examples we study are from a variety of scales from local to global. Integrated into the course are a variety of different types of skills; investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical.
AS Geography – The following3 topics are studied:
Costal Systems and Landscapes
The AS course consists of two exams, which will be taken in May.
A 1 hour 30 minutes exam paper made up of multiple choice, structured short and extended questions. It tests your knowledge and understanding of Coastal Systems and Landscapes and Hazards. This is worth 50% of your AS.
A 1 hour 30 minutes paper made up of multiple choice, structured short and extended questions. It tests your knowledge and understanding of Changing Places, geographical skills and fieldwork. This is worth 50% of your AS.
A2 Geography – In addition to the topics outlined above, a further 3 topics are studied:
Water Carbon Cycles
Global Systems and Governance
Contemporary Urban Environments
The A2 course consists of two module exams, which will be taken in May/June.
The A Level course consists of two exams both of which will be taken in June. In additional an individual geographical investigations has to be completed.
A 2 hour 30 minutes paper made up of multiple choice, structured short and extended questions and an essay. It tests your knowledge and understanding of Water and Carbon Cycles, Coastal Systems and Landscapes and Hazards. This is worth 40% of your A Level.
A 2 hour 30 minutes paper made up of multiple choice, structured short and extended questions and an essay. It tests your knowledge and understanding of Global Systems and Global Governance, Changing Places and Contemporary Urban Environments. This is worth 40% of your A Level.
An individual investigation, which must include data collected in the field. This is worth 20% of your A Level.
Compared to other subjects, geographers are among the most employable. They possess the skills that employers look for. In part this is because the subject combines knowledge of science and an understanding of the humanities. Geography graduates were surveyed after their degree courses about their career destinations. The results show that:
40.6% Went into management and administration
24.8% Did further training including PGCE for teaching
11.4% Joined the financial sector
10.4% Joined the retail sector
Ideally a grade C or above in GCSE Geography, although we do welcome students on to the course that have not studied the subject before. An ability to write clearly and concisely, to use numerical data accurately and to present results appropriately will increase your chances of success. A genuine interest in the world around you and the people on the planet will increase your enjoyment of the topics.
Why study Geography at Loreto?
Teaching and learning graded ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED.
Enthusiastic teaching using modern high quality resources.
A track record of very good results with most students being highly successful, enjoying Geography and following.
The subject for 2 years, and in many cases beyond
In recent years several students have gone on to study geography related subjects at Oxbridge.
Various UK and overseas-based residential and day trip fieldwork opportunities. The department offers a trip to Reykjavik and Iceland every year.
“There is no question that the understanding and skills that come from a study of geography are highly valued by employers.”
Darrel Sheinman, Managing Director of award winning company Polestar, a global GIS satellite tracking company