Why study Geography?

This subject follows a topic-based approach combining case studies from both developed and developing countries, and investigates current issues that are globally, nationally and locally important. So many of the world's current issues – at a global scale and locally - boil down to Geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. Many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying Geography can provide. Statistics show that compared with other subjects, geographers are amongst the most employable in the working world.

What does it prepare me for in the future?

Skills used in Geography enable students to work in many different areas, and increase their employability. Therefore this subject will be of interest to students considering a career in marketing, teaching, law, tourism, aid agencies, emergency services, forestry, town planning, architecture, journalism... the list is endless! The independent learning skills used in the controlled assessment project prepares pupils for the change in learning style used in further and higher education.

What will I learn?

Physical Geography

  • The Restless Earth (earthquakes, volcanoes, supervolcanoes and tsunamis)

    The Coastal Zone (coasts and their management)

    Water on the Land (rivers and floods)

    Human Geography

  • Population Change (migration, birth and death, impacts of rapid population growth)

  • Development Gap (Global poverty, debt, trade, resources)

  • Tourism (sustainability, tourism in extreme environments, eco-tourism)

Controlled Assessment

  • Project/assignment based on an investigation of a popular tourist area

What skills will I acquire?

Geography allows you to see why and how it is changing. It is a subject which develops important key skills, such as communication, teamwork, self-management, ability to analyse and empathise, numeracy, literacy and a good understanding of technology.

How is it assessed?

Paper 1: Written examination – Physical Geography 37.5%
Paper 2: Written examination – Human Geography 37.5%
Controlled Assessment: 2000 words – controlled assessment, individual study 25%