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Sixth Form

Geography

 field trip geographyThe Nature of the Course

Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Our subject is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). This allows understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions - recognizing the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlie much of the newer developments in human geography. This allows an outstanding ability to appreciate and connect with a diverse range of other subjects.

Our A Level course is designed to be an intellectual challenge, but the aim is to enjoy the geography, to bring the subject alive and to ensure all students achieve the very highest grades of which they are capable. We run lively, popular and extremely successful departments. Our course will have exciting content giving rich learning opportunities about the contemporary challenges of the 21st century. 

Special Features

Fieldwork is integral to our studies and we currently run an optional trip to Iceland during the Easter vacation of Year 13. Over the duration of the course there will be at least five compulsory days of fieldwork that must be attended by all. Fieldwork will be split over two trips – a residential excursion to Wales and a day-visit to Hull. We estimate the cost of the trips combined to be in the region of £420.

The fieldwork experiences will provide the teaching and data collection for a Geographical Investigation which students undertake individually, with structured support from class teachers. Students will be required to write up their fieldwork as a 3,000 - 4,000 word report. This report will assess geographical skills, such as cartographic, graphic, ICT and statistical skills, all of which are highly transferable to the world of academia or business.

We provide numerous academic enrichment activities to motivate and inspire our students such as attending popular Geographical Association lectures at Lincoln University, which provides exposure to undergraduate themes and experiences. Our students also participate in a triangular lecture series with Uppingham and Oundle Geography Departments called the Geography Forum.

Careers and Higher Education Implications

Russell Group universities describe the study of Geography as a ‘key facilitating subject’ at undergraduate level.

Geography A Level combines extremely well with arts and science courses, and as a result it is currently the second fastest growing A Level subject. There is strong uptake at degree level.

Universities and employers have a very high regard for Geography because of the analytical, practical and communication skills it teaches, as well as the training it gives in managing and relating to people. The CBI recently stated that 10% of the UK’s GDP is generated from Geographic Information Systems, which underlines the importance of studying Geography.

Geography provides an ideal framework, linking well with other fields of knowledge, and therefore there are numerous careers where Geography at A Level is an important qualification:

Strong A-Level Combinations

Possible Further Study and Degree Courses

Geography & Sciences        
+Maths, Physics, Chemistry
+Chemistry Biology, Maths

Geography, Environmental Science
Meteorology, Oceanography
Geology, Agricultural Medicine, Engineering

Geography & Social Sciences
+Economics, History, Psychology
+Economics, Maths
+Economics, Politics, Psychology
+Business Studies, Maths, Psychology

Management
Business Studies, Politics
Economics, Computer Science
Social Science, Town Planning
Accountancy, Business Studies

Geography & Arts 
+History, English, Psychology
+Modern Languages
+Art, Maths, Physics

Law, History, English, Advertising
Modern Languages, Marketing
Architecture

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