Course introduction

Geography is one of the most cutting edge subjects available for study. This course will give you an understanding of some of the key issues that humanity faces. You will study a range of both human and physical units, focusing on both traditional and contemporary geographical issues. You will gain a deeper understanding of local and global issues and enhance your analytical skills. You will also develop your investigative skills and have the opportunity to participate in a number of day visits and residential field trips.
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Christopher Peacock
A level Geography



Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include Mathematics grade 5 and Geography grade 4, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

80% examination

20% coursework

What will I study?

During your first year, you will study a range of human and physical geographies. We will look at the carbon and water cycles and how humans influence these, studying areas from local river systems to the Amazon Rainforest. We also study globalisation, assessing the ethical and moral consequences of our shrinking world and analysing the role large businesses like Apple have on the people of the developing world. We also research the idea of ‘place’, what it means to people and how places change over time, such as tourist resorts and megacities like London.

In the second year, you will begin by completing your coursework. You will have a choice to focus on either a human related topic, such as global culture, or a more physical option such as flood risk. We will study global hazards, discussing the impact of earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural events, as well as how we manage them.

We will also study contemporary energy geography, researching the trade in fossil fuels and the growth of renewables and their impact on energy security.

Fieldtrips are a mandatory part of the Geography course and your coursework will require your participation in a minimum of four days of out of college activities. There is also the opportunity for visits which will aid classroom learning and past excursions have included include California, Barcelona and Amsterdam as well as trips closer to home such as Manchester and Blackpool.

Where will this course lead me?

Geography graduates are highly sought and have the lowest rate of unemployment of any graduate (Times Education 2013). Geography students learn a range of skills including essay writing, presentation, IT use and scientific analysis. Many students go on to university to study Geography or similar subjects, such as Environmental Science, Geology, Zoology or Marine Biology. Due to the wide range of skills gained, graduates go on to various careers including engineering, insurance, marketing, travel & tourism, politics, teaching and environmental management.
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Corey Fairhurst
Maths, Geography, French, Physics
Where next?
University – Natural Sciences

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.


Bridging Materials

For Year 11 students who have applied and will be joining us in Year 12


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