Bolton School Sixth Form Boys
Why study Geography at Bolton School?
Many students have chosen Geography at A-Level because they have a natural interest in understanding their surroundings and wish to enhance the insights and associated transferable skills gained in the lower school. If you have enjoyed Geography and are prepared to work to achieve your potential, then you can be confident of acquiring a high grade as this department has consistently gained significant value added scores through being taught by Geography graduates who are not only passionate about their subject but are also experienced AQA examiners. You will experience residential fieldwork which helps develop a closer rapport with staff who already know you and this strong student-teacher relationship has contributed to very high numbers continuing to full A-Level and a high proportion of them taking a Geography or related course at university.
What will I study?
The specification highlights the changes which are happening and have occurred in both the physical and human environments which surround us. Topical material and issues are used to develop an understanding of how and why different environments change through time. Evidence of change is first analysed using a variety of sources – maps, photographs, satellite imagery, questionnaires, surveys, census data – the patterns of change can then be described, explained and their implications and effects assessed. In trying to understand some of these changes, it is necessary to analyse the activities, motives and values of people and how they interact with their environment.
All candidates will study core human and physical geography. In each area of study candidates will consider the values and attitudes of decision makers, consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studied and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies.
The topics to be studied will be Water and carbon cycles, Glacial Landscapes, Hazards, Changing places, Global systems and Contemporary urban environments.
How will I be assessed?
The A-Level will also consist of two examinations based on human and physical geography plus a 5000 word project that is internally assessed. The project title and topic will be selected by the student and completed during the course.
A good GCSE grade is always the desirable foundation for study in the Upper School. However, a natural interest in the subject and a strong determination to succeed by working hard are equally important requirements.
Where will it lead?
The choice of Geography at Advanced level and beyond closes few doors. Its use of precise, scientific techniques and processes, in addition to those of the social sciences, can equip its students with a higher level of perception, an ability to interpret, present and analyse a wide range of data, as well as make decisions in a variety of contexts – skills which are always in demand and enhance career prospects. A significantly high proportion of our students subsequently read Geography or a related degree course at university and, ultimately, can follow more vocational careers such as town and regional planning, cartography, transport, surveying, risk assessment, teaching and environmental management. In addition, geography graduates have been particularly successful in gaining entry into non-vocational careers in business, finance, civil service, administration and management.