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Ultimately a geography qualification helps you access any job, it really is true.  The crossover between arts and sciences (see above) sees geography have the lowest unemployment level out of any degree subject.  There is no job a geographer isn't suited for, it really is true - we are very valued!  International business and banking, Consultancy, Law, Economics and Finance, Geology and Geophysics, Risk assessing and planning, Planning and Environmental Management, Travel and Tourism... geography can take you here and many other avenues!  Speak to your geography teacher for more advice.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: A Level
Exam Board: Edexcel
Requirements: GCSE Grade 5 or above in Geography recommended
Course Content
• Tectonic Processes and Hazards
• Coastal Landscapes and Change
• Globalisation
• Shaping Places – Regenerating Places
• The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
• The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
• Superpowers
• Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
Style Of Assessment
A Level (4 days of fieldwork)
Paper 1: Exam – 2 hour 15 minutes – total marks 105 – 30% of A Level
Paper 2: Exam – 2 hour 15 minutes – total marks 105 – 30% of A Level
Paper 3: Exam – 2 hour 15 minutes – total marks 70 – 20% of A Level

Coursework – non–examined independent investigation – 3,000 to 4,000 words – total marks 70 – 20% of A Level
Whose kind of course?

Geography has the joint-best employment levels out of any subject you can study.  Geography is one of the most relevant subjects to study at A level and beyond.  The topics we study help you understand the processes that shape our planet and how humans are central to the sustainability of our future world.  But also, the skills that a geography learns whilst doing this are varied and valued by employers of all types.  The subject is a gateway to your World! Although geography has a unique suite of skills and knowledge, many skills and topic areas will actively support other subjects so geography is a unique facilitating subject to your other A levels. There are very few careers that geography does not provide a valuable background for. Geographers are highly valued in the workplace because they possess the variety of skills that employers look for

Useful skills include:  Geography is without rival in how it overlaps uniquely between the sciences and the arts.  Geographer have excellent oral and written communication, being able to describe, explain, assess, evaluate and justify their ideas and arguments.  They can also use a range of scientific skills such as: graphs and cartographic sources, not to mention statistical skills too.  Geography poses enquiry questions which develops problem solving, number and statistics, instrumentation and ICT literacy, research, team work, enquiry and investigation, modelling and simulation. 

Stretch and challenge: Follow the Geography department's Twitter feed for up-to-date articles.  Aiming for an A*? Lectures at the Royal Geographical Society Field trips in the local and national area.

Career Prospects
Ultimately a geography qualification helps you access any job, it really is true.  The crossover between arts and sciences (see above) sees geography have the lowest unemployment level out of any degree subject.  There is no job a geographer isn't suited for, it really is true - we are very valued!  International business and banking, Consultancy, Law, Economics and Finance, Geology and Geophysics, Risk assessing and planning, Planning and Environmental Management, Travel and Tourism... geography can take you here and many other avenues!  Speak to your geography teacher for more advice.
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