Geography A Level
Head of Department: Mr Richard Welbourne
Geography is about the earth’s places, peoples, environments
and societies. It is unique in bridging the social sciences (Human
Geography) and the earth sciences (Physical Geography), putting
this understanding of social and physical processes within the
essential context of places and regions. It tackles the big issues,
such as environmental responsibility, our global interdependence
and cultural tolerance.
The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next fifty years
than it has ever done before. Geography helps to explain why, and helps
to prepare students for those changes. Students are taught a wideranging
combination of skills. The Geography Department develops their
ability to evaluate ideas from many different sources and perspectives.
Geography graduates are among the most employable. They possess the
skills that employers look for. In part this is because the subject combines
knowledge of science with an understanding of the arts.
What do you do in Geography?
Two teachers contribute to the four papers sat at A level. We follow the
OCR A specification in studying topics as diverse as River Environments,
Managing Urban Change and the Growth of Tourism in Year 12, Earth
Hazards, Population and Resources, and Geographical Skills in Year 13.
Students at this level begin to see how the many skills developed in this
subject can relate to future careers and the working world.
Geographical skills are taught throughout the course to prepare you for
your 4000 word individual investigation. The Department runs an annual
residential trip to Cumbria to study river and glacial landscapes which is
likely to remain on our field trip calendar. There will also be an overnight
field trip to the North Norfolk Coast. These, and other field trips, help
focus your ideas and demonstrate data collection and presentation and
analytical techniques. Every half term there is a lunch time lecture on
topics which build on classroom teaching. There are also trips organised
to the Norfolk GA meetings and to any relevant lectures designed for
students down in London.
Average of the A Level results in Geography achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2016, 2017 and 2018)
Geography - % A*- B = 79%