5 A*-C GCSEs, including grade C if you have studied this subject at GCSE.


You will be expected to take an interest in the world around them reading widely and keeping up with current a airs.


The course includes a minimum of four days eld work and you are required to complete an individual investigation. This consists of a question or issue de ned and developed by the student, primary research and an independent write-up.


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What will I study?

The geography course is separated into physical and human topics and includes how people interact with physical environments.

Topics covered over the two year course include:

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards, global systems and global governance
  • Changing places
  • Contemporary urban environments
  • Resource security or population and the environment
Why study Geography?

The world we live in is changing more rapidly than at any other time in human history. Geography explains why and helps you to understand how to prepare for these changes.

Geography helps you to understand the physical and human environments, enables you to interact with your surrounding through fieldwork and make informed decisions which balance the environment. You will also develop an understanding of social and economic concerns in the context of sustainable development.

Where will this course lead me?

Geography is a bridging subject between the arts and sciences.

You could go onto university to study geography at degree level or another related subject. Geography graduates have some of the highest rates of graduate employment.

Geography is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning, or collecting and interpreting data.

Popular careers include: town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, and weather forecasting. The army, police, government, research organisations, law and businesses also love the practical research skills that geographers develop.

As geographers learn about human and population development, geography can be useful for jobs in charity and international relations too.

Where will this course lead me?

You could go onto university to study a wide range of degree courses in areas such as medicine, veterinary science, pharmacology, chemical engineering, biochemistry and environmental science.

You could have a starting point in careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, forensic science, and chemical engineering, the food industry, nursing, radiography, pharmacy, and research.