Geography in the Sixth Form will help you to develop a diverse range of skills, including communication, numeracy, graphicacy, problem solving, team work and thinking.
The course is relevant to the real world and addresses contemporary issues. These elements help to build a solid foundation for the move into further education and indeed the workplace beyond. The nature of peoples’ working lives is changing and the development of a wider perspective and transferable skills in Geography provides a firm base for life-long learning. Statistics show that Geography graduates rank extremely high in employment tables.
Geography offers an ideal link between science and art choices, and is favoured by a number of leading universities. A significant number continue with the subject at university; recent courses chosen include straight Geography, Geography and Planning, Geography and Oceanography, Geography and Sports Studies, Geography and Sociology, Geology and Geomatics. Others have used it to support applications for courses including Psychology, Medicine, Land Economy, Environmental Science and Environmental Law.
The Geography curriculum and syllabi has changed with first teaching from September 2016. We are studying the GCE A-level courses: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037
Teachers have the opportunity to follow their particular subject specialisms at Sixth Form Level, with the teaching broadly divided into human and physical topics.
Results for 2017 include 31% at A* and 74% at A*-A at GCSE. For A2, 94% of grades were A*-A. One student achieved the highest mark in the country for the OCR A-level and received a Certificate of Excellence and prize from the Royal Geographical Society. This year, nine students are applying for Geography at universities including Cambridge, Durham, Exeter, Manchester, Southampton and St. Andrews.
In the Lower Sixth, the course covers Changing Places, Water and Carbon Cycles, Global Systems and Governance and Coasts with field trips to Reigate Town, Brixton and Gatwick Stream. In the Upper Sixth, the focus is on Population and Hazards. All geographers contribute equally to fieldwork opportunities, including residential trips for A Level. Recent visits have included the Isle of Arran, Brixton, Camber dunes and China for the Sixth Form. For some, the option of a visit to Belize in Central America has added an extra and unique dimension to studies.
Students who have enjoyed the GCSE course and show an interest in the world will love the challenges of this exciting A Level course.
Mr M G Cline
Head of Geography