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.

Exam Results

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%