Geography

Geography is a subject that seeks to understand the earth and the effects that human activity is increasingly having on it. This A Level will particularly appeal to you if you like asking questions and finding answers. You will learn to think independently so that you can understand geographical issues from a variety of viewpoints. You will also learn that there is rarely a single correct answer in this subject! Geography is a very visual subject and so a wide range of materials will be used, ranging from maps and photographic images to websites and DVDs. Recent geographical events will be incorporated into the course and students will be encouraged to follow them on the news.

About the Course

This A Level will particularly appeal to you if you like asking questions and finding answers. You will learn to think independently so that you can understand geographical issues from a variety of viewpoints. You will also learn that there is rarely a single correct answer in this subject!

Geography is a very visual subject and so a wide range of materials will be used, ranging from maps and photographic images to websites and DVDs. Recent geographical events will be incorporated into the course and students will be encouraged to follow them on the news.


Personal Study Time

A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self- directed research as well.

Will this subject suit me?

The ideal student would be curious about the world around them, have an interest in global as well as local issues and be keen to explore the growing impact of people on the natural world. Previous study of Geography is not essential.

 

Key Units

Year 1

  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Costal Landscapes
  • Globalisation
  • Urban and Rural Regeneration

Year 2

  • Water Cycle and Insecurity
  • Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  • Superpowers
  • Health and Human Rights


Additionally, students will undertake a Personal Investigation which is based on the student's own fieldwork study, and is handed in during the second year.

 


Entry Requirements

To study 3 A Levels

5+ GCSEs grades 9-4 in different subjects, including English Language and Maths at a minimum of grade 4.

To study 4 A Levels

6+ GCSEs grades 9-6 in different subjects, including English Language and Maths at a minimum of grade 6.

Additional Requirements

GCSE Geography is not a specific requirement, however students wishing to study this at A Level must show an interest in the subject


The Sheffield Sixth Form welcomes students who have studied vocational qualifications. However, the minimum entry requirements for the A Level programme, as shown above, must be GCSEs.

 

Assessment

  • Exams
  • Personal Investigation (based on the student's own fieldwork study; handed in during the second year)

 

Where does this lead

Many A Level students choose to go on to study Geography at degree level.


This will prepare you for a wide variety of careers including:

  • Water resource or coastal management
  • Town planning
  • Conservation
  • Recreation management
  • G.I.S. designer (maps on computers)

 

Tell Me More

What students say about this subject:

 

"We cover a lot of interesting topics in plenty of detail"
"Staff are always willing to help"
"We have good discussions"
"There is a nice relaxed atmosphere that helps me learn"
"I like the varied teaching methods used"

  • Course: CDSGG1
  • Start Date: 2019/2020
  • Level: 3
  • Area: A Levels
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Category: School Leavers

Typical entry requirements:

To study 3 A Levels

5+ GCSEs grades 9-4 in different subjects, including English Language and Maths at a minimum of grade 4.

To study 4 A Levels

6+ GCSEs grades 9-6 in different subjects, including English Language and Maths at a minimum of grade 6.

Additional Requirements

GCSE Geography is not a specific requirement, however students wishing to study this at A Level must show an interest in the subject

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