“Geography illuminates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future, what could be more important than that!” - Michael Palin CBE
Geography at A-level will give you an insight into some of the most significant issues that are currently shaping our world. You will be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of how China’s geo-political rise is affecting the traditional superpowers, of how climate change is really impacting everyone on the planet or of how rebranding strategies around Stratford have changed this area beyond recognition over the past five years. Furthermore you will be able to develop a number of highly useful skills as you will be regularly working in groups, collecting data independently, writing reports, presenting to your peers and developing synthesis skills.
There will be a four day residential trip during the Autumn term (around the half term holiday) to Devon. Whilst there, you will be collecting valuable data on Rebranding and Crowded Coasts.
A good GCSE grade will ensure that you have a solid foundation on which to build. An interest in current affairs (such as climate change, migration or natural disasters) will also ensure that you are always up to date with current geographical issues.
Geography A-level will allow you to keep open a large percentage of higher education options. It will equip you with a lot of valuable transferable skills (ICT, group work, oral presentations, report writing and project management) that will be a real benefit to most degrees. These skills are also ones that employers are looking for in graduates from university. Since geographers are both literate and numerate many careers are open to them, such as the Financial Services, Retailing, Human Resource Management, Engineering and Journalism.