LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: EDUQAS
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM
Due to the course focusing on both human and physical geography, Geography at Huish is considered both a humanity and science, with it counting as a science at university entry.
There are 3 exams at the end of the 2 years, which will test both your knowledge and skills, and a piece of coursework worth 20% of the A Level. For this you have the opportunity to choose anything within the A Level syllabus to investigate.
The course includes fieldwork and some mathematics, as well as essay writing and of course; map reading! Geography graduates are very employable as they have a wide range of transferable skills.
For the fieldwork element we mostly visit places within the South West, but there will be an optional residential trip in the second year.
The case studies we use are up to date wherever possible and we try to make the course as relevant to your life as we can.
Students who enjoyed Geography at GCSE and want to know more about the subject are the students most likely to study the course, but also it mixes well with all other subjects.
Students who study Geography progress onto a variety of different courses and careers. Past students have gone on to work in renewable energy, the Hydrographic Office, urban planning, teaching, The Environment Agency, coastal management, accountancy and so on.
On this course you will study the following topics:
- Global governance
- Water and carbon cycles
- Changing places
- Independent coursework
- Weather and climate
- Development in an African context
Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature.
It is not the same as Geology and you can study both.
I haven’t done GCSE Geography, is that a problem?
You do not need to have studied GCSE Geography to take this course.
Is there coursework?
Yes, there is a piece of coursework worth 20% of the A Level.
Geography has been an amazing subject to take considering its wide scope of topics, spanning from tectonic movements to geopolitical affairs. It has been a wonderful adventure studying geographical skills, concepts, and seeing it for myself on field trips. I have attained a strong analytical sense as well as robust practical skills when it comes to taking sample data and developing ways to present data.
Keon Wong, Geography student
Geography was a subject that I enjoyed at GCSE and have continued to enjoy it at Huish. One thing to considering when choosing Geography is how good you are at answering essay and long answer questions. The Tutor sessions that Huish run have been extremely useful for me as they allow me to do work in a quiet, hard working environment.
Sam Ponter, Geography student
A field trip to Westward ho! to carry out a beach clean, is just one example of the way A Level Geography can involve the students in current global issues, seeing the drastic impact of plastic and pollution on our Oceans first-hand.
Will Parry, Geography student
At A Level, Geography continues to be a very interesting and diverse subject, in which we cover a range of areas including migration, the water and carbon cycles, and urban regeneration. It is also beneficial to students who like coursework, because part of the final grade is based on coursework and not purely exams. We practice coursework throughout the two years to prepare fully for the final piece, which I find very useful.
Charlotte Brown, Geography student