With the time for choosing A Level options approaching, there has never been a better time to encourage your students to choose A Level geography.
Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice, and combines well with arts, humanities, social science and STEM subjects. Not only does A Level geography offer a selection of new, interesting topics not covered at GCSE, it also allows students to go into some key elements in greater depth to understand the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. Throughout the course students will further develop a range of skills including data, geospatial, communication, and teamwork skills, and gain plenty of fieldwork experience. They will also get the opportunity to explore one topic in more depth through their own individual investigation.
Being a broad based subject, geography provides plenty of opportunities for future progression, whether that be careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, or managing the effects of hazards and climate change. It also opens doors into the world of business, by giving students an understanding of global economics, and provides opportunities to consider questions relevant to careers in law, human rights, international relations or welfare.
In addition, for students looking to start an apprenticeship there are many opportunities for those who want to continue their geographical interests, such as in surveying, planning, heritage management, sustainability, data analysis or land management.
Our resource bank of I am a geographer careers profiles gives an excellent insight into the wide range of jobs and careers available for those who studied geography.
With National Careers Week starting on Monday 7 March, keep an eye on our Schools Twitter feed to see more examples of where a career in geography could lead your students.
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The Society, in partnership with Endurance22, have produced a set of educational resources which allow pupils to explore changes in polar exploration from the early 20th century to today, and Antarctica’s unique frozen environment.
A new exhibition, The art of politics: representing environmental challenges in the UK’s overseas territories, is now available for Fellows and members to view in the Director’s Gallery.
Through Teacher Tap, the Society recently conducted a survey of approximately 2,000 primary geography teachers to understand what support they have received for teaching geography during their careers.
As part of the Society’s commitment to support teachers to provide meaningful, fun and curriculum relevant fieldwork experiences, we are running a range of training events over the coming months for both primary and secondary geography teachers.
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