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Studying Geography provides you with a broad range of knowledge and skills due to the varied nature of content and the links to both the scientific and arts based subjects.
The content of A Level geography is split into 2 main areas:
Physical Geography looks at the various systems, processes, hazards and landscapes on the earth.
Human Geography looks at other aspects of the world where humans are having major impacts such as places, governance and resources.
Geography is seen as a valuable academic subject by employers and universities because of the rich skills, knowledge and understanding you will get from the study of it.
Geography is viewed by universities as a facilitating subject, which means that it is likely to be a preferred subject for a wide range of university courses.
Studying Geography aligns very well with lots of other subjects for example:
The full 2-year syllabus covering Physical Geography includes:
The full 2-year syllabus covering Human Geography includes:
The college teaches the AQA A Level specification for Geography and teaches this over 6 hours every week.
There will be 2 exams at the end of your AS and A2 years, one that focuses on Human Geography and the other on Physical Geography.
You will carry out a fieldwork investigation and submit coursework on this.
This will form your non-examined assessment and makes up 20% of your final A2 grade.
In addition to these formal assessments, your knowledge and skills will be tested in a variety of ways throughout the year to track your progress including:
People who study Geography at A Level and wish to take their study in this field further often go on to study a BA in Geography or one aspect of it such as:
It is also a subject that is popular as a joint-honours course because of the wide range of topics that it covers.
For example universities advertise courses in:
There are many careers that are based on an excellent knowledge of geography such as:
Geography teaching is also a popular career and is currently one of seven priority subjects which means that there is extra financial and other support for people training to teach in this area.
You will need to achieve 6 grade 6 GCSEs to study A Levels at Gateshead College. If you do not meet this profile please still come to an enrolment event to discuss all your options with a member of the A Level Team. An interview is also required.
This course is free to those aged under 19 years old.
Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free course fees and there are grants and bursaries you can apply for to help cover the costs of coming to college, depending on your circumstances.
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