Far-reaching: a holistic approach – combining the humanities with the sciences
Geography has been recognised by the Institute of Career Guidance and the Russell Group of Universities as a ‘Facilitating Subject’ which will equip students with the appropriate skills and knowledge for a university course of their choice. Geography is a holistic subject, which makes it most exciting to study. Intrinsically varied and challenging, drawing knowledge, ideas and skills from many other disciplines, Geography provides a superb foundation for almost every career. The Geography A Level course brings together girls studying a range of other subjects from the arts, sciences and humanities so that discussions are enhanced by a wealth of different perspectives and ideas. It also allows students to use and develop a range of skills, which will stretch and enhance intellectual and practical ability. The subject aims to instil an appreciation of the moral and ethical values which pertain to the modern world, from global sustainable development and trade, to local planning and politics.
The Department currently follows the OCR specification:
The AS comprises two units: Physical (rivers, coasts and cold environments) and Human (urban, rural and tourism).
The A2 comprises two units: Global Issues (earth hazards, climatic hazards, development and globalisation) and Geographical Skills (fieldwork techniques).
From September 2016 the Department will follow the Edexcel A-level specification. The themes include Dynamic Landscapes, Dynamic Places, Physical Systems and Sustainability and Human Systems and Geopolitics. Girls will also have the opportunity to develop their own fieldwork project in order to complete their individual investigation.
The girls are given the opportunity to apply to join the joint ‘Habs Geographical Society’ with the Boys’ School. Pupils submit applications and are interviewed for a variety of roles including Magazine Editor and Deputy Editor, Head Journalist, Geography Club Co-ordinator, Events Manager and Head of Publicity. Regular joint meetings, lectures and events are held with the Boys’ School. Throughout the course, students also have the opportunity to attend lectures run by the Geographical Association and the Royal Geographical Society in London.
Futures beyond school
Geographers are highly employable. The skills learnt during the A-level course are highly sought after by professional firms. An A level or degree qualification in Geography opens up opportunities in a wide variety of career fields, and the skills brought by geographers to academic and extra-curricular university life are highly prized. Many of our students go on to study Geography at Oxbridge and we have a large database of old girl contacts at each of the top universities, including many different colleges at both Oxford and Cambridge.