"Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future" - Michael Palin
What will I study? This is a course aiming to excite students’ minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate their investigative and analytical skills. All students get the opportunity to do fieldwork in relation to processes in both physical and human geography
Year 12 and 13 Component 1: Physical geography (40%)
Section A: Water and carbon cycles
Section B: Hot Desert Systems and Landscapes or Coastal Systems and Landscapes or Glacial Systems and Landscapes
Section C: Hazards or Ecosystems under Stress
Component 2: Human geography (40%)
Section A: Global Systems and Global Governance
Section B: Changing Places
Section C: Contemporary Urban Environments or Population and the Environment or Resource Security
Component 3: Geographical investigation (20%)
Students must work on their own on contextualising, analysing and reporting their work to produce an independent investigation with an individual title that demonstrates required fieldwork knowledge, skills and understanding.
How will I be assessed? Two written exams and a 3,000–4,000 word individual investigation
What do I need to study the course? GCSE Grade 6 or above in Geography, and GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics and English Language.
Where will A Level Geography lead me? Students who have studied Geography at Holy Cross Sixth Form have gone on to degrees in Environmental Science, Geology, as well as Geography. Relevant careers areas include the environment and sustainability for example Environmental Impact Officer, Planning (Town Planning and Surveying); Mapping (Geographical Information Systems, Aerial Surveying and Remote Sensing); Science and Conservation ( hazard prediction and management, flood protection officer, coastal engineering). Because you are numerate and can analyse data you can also consider the financial services and a range of other management positions.