Students achieving A Level Geography have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. Geography is chosen by over 16,000 undergraduates each year. Their knowledge and skills are in great demand. It has one of the highest rates of graduate employability and is greatly valued by employers for its combination of subject knowledge, linking science with humanities.
A Level geographers develop a wide range of valuable transferable skills such as communication skills, data handling, digital mapping, graphical skills, teamwork, research and development. They learn how work synoptically by developing links at a range of scales from local to global.
Teaching and learning at A Level is offers a variety of challenges designed to provide a bridge between GCSE and university. Consequently, thinking skills and meta-cognitive approaches are emphasised; seminar-style and independent learning is strongly encouraged.
Field work is integral. Venues have included Devon, Suffolk, Snowdonia and Iceland. More advanced Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are also used using web-based apps such as Neighbourhood Statistics and ArcGIS Online, building on earlier learning and providing a foundation for learning at tertiary level and in future careers.
Geography is a flexible subject combining a very strong academic tradition with contemporary relevance. It complements many other subjects including Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics); Mathematics; other Humanities (such as English, Economics, History, Psychology and Sociology). Students can also combine with Arts subjects.
Geographers can pursue a wide range of diverse careers including:
Agriculture; Architecture; Cartography; Civil Engineering; Climatology; Conservation; Development agencies; Education; Environmental planning; Financial management; Geographical Information Systems (GIS) including digital mapping; Geology; Geophysics; Government (Local, National and International); Hazard management; Hydrology; Insurance; Journalism; Land management; Landscape architecture; Law; Leisure and recreation management; Market analyst; Media; Medicine (e.g. epidemiology); Meteorology; Political advisor; Rural and urban planning; Surveying; Telecommunications; Tourism management; Transport planning.
Further learning opportunities include quizzes, lectures and visiting speakers. The department are active members of the Geographical Association and the Royal Geographical Society.