“Where we come from, what we do, what we eat, how we move about and how we shape our future are all directly the province of the geographer. More than ever we need the geographers’ skills and foresight to help us learn about the planet – how we use it and how we abuse it.” Michael Palin – President of the Royal Geographical Society
The 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 qualitative and quantitative skills; investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical.
A level Geography is a 2-year linear course.
The following 3 topics are studied in the Lower Sixth:
Coastal Systems and Landscapes
A further 3 topics are studied in the Upper Sixth:
Global Systems and Global Governance
Water and Carbon cycles
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, Iceland and to California 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