What is Geography?
The study of the world, and the interactions between people and their environments.
Who does it and where?
Students who are interested in the world around them. There is usually an even balance of male and female students. The Geography base is a spacious modern teaching room equipped with iPads and laptop computers.
Is there fieldwork or coursework?
We offer many opportunities, for example, recent residential trips to Croatia and Iceland, and fieldwork in Brighton and Hove, London, and along the Sussex Coast. The new A level includes a requirement to complete some independent assessed coursework (20% of the A level), which will involve field work of some kind. A second national requirement is that students must complete a minimum of four days fieldwork. There is a charge to cover the cost of these trips which is £60 across the two years.
Why do it?
Geography is popular with universities and employers because it develops literacy, numeracy, IT skills, spatial skills, and problem solving. It goes well with almost any combination of arts, science and humanities courses.
Higher Education and Careers
Geography is one of the “academic” A level subjects preferred by Russell group universities. At least 25% of our students go on to take Geography or related courses at university. Geography students are highly valued by employers. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) placed Geography among the top subjects for graduate earnings outstripping graduates from, amongst others, technology, biosciences and history. Geography is always at or near the top of the Government league tables for employability whilst, Geography has one of the lowest dropout rates at University and highest course satisfaction scores.
Have you considered Classical Civilisations or History A Level?
Many of our students choose to study another Humanities subject alongside Geography A Level.