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Geography

Head of Department: Miss Josephine Haworth

The study of Geography is essential if we are to understand our place in the world and our influence upon it as a species. In the Sixth Form we offer students two different avenues for developing their studies of our planet.

Geography A Level

Geography is highly valued by the universities as an A Level choice. The Russell Group report published in 2011 names geography as one of the eight facilitiating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university.

A Level Geographers are naturally interested in the challenges facing our planet as we race through the 21st Century. Building on GCSE studies we learn about both physical and human geography. Topics of study include: 

  • Hazards and World disasters
  • Global Warming
  • Globalisation
  • Migration and economic factors
  • Urbanisation
  • Crowded coasts

We follow the Edexcel specification. Assessment is entirely through pairs of examinations at the end of each year of study.

Extra-curricular opportunities

As part of the A-Level course students are encouraged to attend a field trip in Year 12 which allows them to analyse data and build on the skills developed at GCSE. The students are also offered the opportunity to travel abroad, in recent years we have visited Iceland and Morocco.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

Travel and Tourism Applied A Level

The Applied A Level travel and tourism course offers vocational training for the industry and helps students develop strong business management and communication skills, broadening their job prospects.

Travel and Tourism is an Applied A-level meaning it takes a more hands on approach to study than traditional A-levels. Students are encouraged to develop a more critical understanding of the travel and tourism industry, and the connections between different parts of the industry, through sustained use of a range of research techniques, and applying this understanding in unfamiliar contexts through the in-depth study of one or more sectors and its operation. Topics studied include:

  • Travel and Tourism from an operational perspective
  • Customer service in travel and tourism
  • Travel destinations
  • Tourism development
  • Event management
  • Ecotourism

We follow the OCR specification. Tuition is mainly classroom based, but with a focus on commercial practice and the extensive study of real world case studies. Assessment is through a combination of coursework and examination tasks.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

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