Geography is one of the most popular options at A Level with an increasing number of students deciding to develop their passion for the subject by reading Geography at University. Recent Geographical alumni have continued their studies at The University of Oxford and Russell Group Universities including The University of Bristol, Exeter, Durham and University College London (UCL). As part of the changes to A Levels, Geography is a phase two subject meaning that we have embarked upon a new specification in September 2016.
We follow the AQA A Level specification which builds upon and extends GCSE knowledge. It also offers an equal split between Human and Physical Geography as well as covering Geographical field work skills. Year 12 students have embarked upon the new AQA specification whereby they study Changing Places, Water and Carbon cycle and Natural Hazards. The Geographical Skills unit enables students to develop their cartographic, graphic and photographic analysis skills as well as their mathematical skills so that they can employ statistical tests including Standard Deviation and Spearman’s Rank to interpret Geographical processes.
Year 13 students are following the outgoing AQA specification and are increasingly encouraged to develop their wider reading and develop opinions upon a range of contemporary issues. In Physical Geography we explore Change and Challenge in Ecosystems along with Restless Earth. In Human Geography students study World Cites and Contemporary Challenges and Conflicts, The Fieldwork paper requires students to think critically about Geographical concepts and their experience of fieldwork.
All A Level Geographers are given the opportunity to develop their Geographical skills and understanding on a residential field visit to Drapers Field Study centre near Betws-y-coed in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. Here they will get to explore how rivers and ice have carved and shaped a stunning landscape as well as investigating at sand dune succession at Morfa Harlech.
For a student video from the 2014 visit please click on, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOMm9SBiZYQ&sns=em
6th Form Geographers investigating post-glacial landforms in the Nant Ffancon valley, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.
Stunning Cwm Idwal and corrie carved out by ice, inspiration for Darwin’s theory of evolution and explored by intrepid UCGS Geographers.
UCGS sixth form Geographers enjoying a break whilst taking in the stunning fluvial and glacial scenery.