Geography

Course specification: OCR: H481 for A Level (2 year course)

A Level examinations will be taken at the end of two years and is taught as a two year course.

Geography field tripA Level students study Landscape Systems about coastal environments in the UK and overseas, their processes, their landforms and changes due to sea level changes and their interface with humans in using and protecting them. This is studied alongside Earth’s Life Support Systems examines water and carbon cycles in the Tropical Rainforests and Arctic Tundra.

Students also study a human geography unit called Changing Space, Making Places which looks at how people experience place, what roles places have in society and how architects can influence the way an urban area looks and works. With this comes Global Migration and Power and Borders, a very topical unit which has lots of relevance to the UK and current political decisions.

The Geographical Debates paper looks at Disease Dilemmas such as the spread of communicable and non-communicable diseases and how these are mapped, treated and eradicated. The outbreak of Ebola provides a fascinating case study in this unusual and exciting area of geography. The last part of the Geographical Debates is the study of plate tectonics in a unit called Hazardous Earth, where a range of volcanic and seismic events are investigated along with how they impact people in countries at differing levels of economic development.

The final assessment of A Level Geography is an independent investigation based on original fieldwork. This is carefully planned in class so students can collect data and present it using a wide range of appropriate techniques, analyse and test it using statistical tests and draw conclusions from their findings before evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of their research. A total of four days field
work is required at A Level to give students ideas and skills to use in their own feedback. This is an exciting and challenging course which provides students with a range of engaging topics and the chance to do their own research.

Key skills

  • Communication
  • Application of numbers
  • Information technology
  • Working with others
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem solving

Enrichment opportunities

  • Fieldwork opportunities
  • Local Geographical Association Evening Lectures at the University of Cambridge Geography Department

Higher Education and career prospects

Geography A Level will give you useful skills for life as well as engaging you in a better understanding of how the world works. Geography graduates have amongst the lowest unemployment rates of any degree subject and many students study Geography because they find it interesting even though they know they will go on to study Medicine/Veterinary Medicine/Dentistry.

If you want to build on the GCSE and investigate your planet and your place on it, this is the subject for you!

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