The study of Geography stimulates an interest in, and a sense of wonder about, places. It helps us make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. Geography explains how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environments interact and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Whether it is the threat of global warming, the consequences of our ageing population or controversial planning decisions in our local area, the media provide a constant reminder of the importance of ‘Geography’ in our lives.
Physical and Human Geography topics are balanced in the AQA A Level course creating both breadth and depth in a student’s knowledge and understanding. Fieldwork in both of these disciplines is of utmost importance, with four days of study being a course requirement. Residential fieldwork taking place in the Lower Sixth satisfies this demand and data collected whilst in the field is then used as part of an individual fieldwork report (20% of the A Level). This piece of work is a ‘stepping stone’ for a university dissertation and therefore an extremely valuable experience for students.
Students will also develop the use and application of a variety of geographical skills such as basic investigative, cartographic, graphical, applied ICT and statistical skills. Students will develop a critical awareness of the appropriateness and limitations of these different skills and resources.
Geography therefore encompasses many compatible attributes which support a student’s study of other subjects. It also encourages students to review current events in the news, ensuring their appreciation of this dynamic subject. Anyone who is interested in the space around them, however far or wide, can benefit from furthering their study in Geography.