After this summer’s successful exam season, the next generation of geographers are currently enrolling on their GCSE and A Level courses.
Over 265,000 young people completed a GCSE in geography in 2019, an 18 year high, and the number of students studying the subject at A Level increased by 4.5% compared to last year. This increase in popularity has been attributed by the exam boards to a renewed awareness among young people that studying geography provides them with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to help navigate our current geopolitical and environmental climates. As our former President Sir Michael Palin says, “…geography is the one subject that looks at the whole story.”
So, if you’re just starting on your geographical journey, we have plenty of resources to support you with your studies. Our website features a wide range of learning materials including podcasts, animations and in-depth case studies on the full range of geographical topics, most of which are available for free.
We also have plenty of advice on studying geography at school and beyond, from choosing geography at university to the rich variety of career paths available. Be sure to also take a look at our Choose Geography video.
Our Young Geographer membership can take you even further. Membership of the Society provides you with access to our full suite of learning resources, fascinating insights from our Monday night lecture series (which you can attend in person or watch online), and the digital edition of Geographical magazine. These will help you with your studies and also allow you to develop new geographical interests that will give you an advantage when it comes to writing a personal statement for UCAS. It’s an ideal way to foster your current passion, and prepare you for the future.
Young Geographer membership starts at £46 and is available as one, two or three year subscriptions and can be bought as a gift. Find out more about Young Geographer membership.