Why study Geography at Dean Close?

Geography is an increasingly popular subject at Dean Close with many opting to continue to study some aspect of Geography at university. Staff are passionate about the subject and have a wide range of experience both in the classroom and in the wider school setting.

Specific interests include Geology, Glaciation, GIS, Tourism and Urban Regeneration. Geography is concerned with the multicultural society and interdependent world in which we live, where incidents in one place are caught up in chains of events spanning the globe. The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before and as Geographers our understanding of that change is more important than ever. Pupils will at all times be encouraged to look beyond the classroom and enhance their geographical skills by an active awareness in all contemporary environmental issues using the full range of media resource. Students should at all times ‘think like a Geographer’!

What will it give me?

At the conclusion of the course, students will appreciate the important role Geographers will play in the coming millennium. Today’s students can’t open newspapers or watch the news without being confronted with issues such as climate change; the impact of hurricanes and floods; or the future supply of energy and food.

Geographers more than any other subject group, have considered the inter-relationships between different aspects of economic, social, environmental, political and cultural issues. Geography looks to the future and will prepare students for the world of the 21st Century –

Geography provides an education for life.


Career path – Geography has never been so important to industry, commerce, retail, economics and the environment. A Level Geography enables students to develop a wide variety of transferable skills that are in great demand, including the collection, analysis and interpretation of data and the effective communication of the findings through a variety of mediums. Literacy, numeracy, statistical and ICT skills will be enhanced throughout the course.

What will I learn?
Geography develops the ability to combine scientific principles with economic awareness, environmental concern and an appreciation and tolerance of peoples’ attitudes and values. On October 31st 2011, the world’s population passed the 7 billion milestone. The continued growth of global population and the inevitable strain on global resources will play a key role in shaping the 21st century world. Geography is therefore a very contemporary subject, tackling a wide variety of issues and questions in both the physical and human environment.

Fieldwork is an integral part of this course not only as a fundamental basis for one of the modules but it also allows students to observe in detail and try to measure and quantify the real world rather than study it from the isolation of the classroom. In the new syllabus there is a mandatory four days of fieldwork to be completed both human and physical.

Content will be taken from:
1. Landscape systems (drylands, coastal landscapes, glaciated landscapes)
2. Earths life support systems (water & carbon cycles)
3. Changing spaces; Making places (changing demographic and cultural characteristics; economic change and social inequalities)
4. Global connections (trade in the contemporary world; Global migration; human rights; power & borders)
5. Geographical debates (climate change; disease dilemmas; exploring oceans; future of food; hazardous Earth


A Level will have discreet human and physical teachers. The A level is made up of four mandatory units which are externally assessed. There will be one human and one physical paper each being around 1hr 30mins in exam conditions, consisting of short answer questions and extended prose essays. The third unit is a Geographical debate which is an exam paper being around 2hrs 30mins, consisting of short and long essay style questions. The fourth unit is an independent investigation which will be in the region of 4000 words and is worth 20% of the A level.

Alisdair Cradock Head of Geography