Geography is stimulating, inspiring and challenging. It provides pupils with the ability to view social, economic and environmental issues from a wider perspective, as well as understand core physical processes which shape the Earth. Studying A-level Geography at Wisbech Grammar School is more than just the study of a science; it provides an insight into understanding the world around us through the contemporary nature of the issues it tackles.
Geographers are taught a wide-ranging combination of skills (communication, teamwork, management, analytical and spatial) that are recognised and desired by employers. The breadth of material covered means that Geography is regarded as a facilitator subject by Russell Group universities as it combines well with a wide variety of other subjects bridging both the Sciences and Arts.
The specification has a strong emphasis on Physical Processes and Landforms, plus a fieldwork based coursework investigation. There are 4 units of study, Dynamic Landscapes (Tectonics, Glaciated Landscapes), Physical Systems and Sustainability (Water Cycle, Carbon cycle and Climate Change Futures), Dynamic Places (Globalisation, Regenerating Places) and Human Systems and Geopolitics (Superpowers, Global Development).
In addition, pupils will complete a 3000-4000 word, independent geographical investigation. To support this, an optional 3 day trip to a Field Studies Centre in the UK will be undertaken, during which pupils will practise the skills required for their investigation. They will then have a further 5 days of fieldwork to collect their data under supervision in the Trinity Term of their Lower Sixth.
Assessment will involve three exams and the coursework investigation; Papers 1 and 2 test knowledge of core units and geographical skills, whilst Paper 3 covers a synoptic investigation of a geographical issue. The coursework investigation will contribute 20% towards the final grade.