2018 - 2020
Course Content & Assessment
Geography is an exciting and relevant course to study at present as it links to contemporary global issues such as climate change and globalisation. It is a subject which offers a diversity of skills (both quantitative and qualitative) that students will require at university level and beyond which are highly transferable. It is considered both a science and an arts subject.
It has always been a very popular subject at QE with high recruitment levels and it complements sciences such as Biology, Physics and Maths as well as other subjects such as Economics, Law and Sociology.
There are a range of opportunities for students throughout the two years, including an individual investigation and various field trips and a residential A-Level course description
In year 12, students study two human geography topics (population change and food supply) and two physical geography topics (rivers and coasts). We also teach a variety of geographical skills including map skills, graphical skills, ICT skills and investigative skills which are mostly applied in their unit 2 exam. We take them to Leeson House on a residential field trip to conduct two investigations relating to rivers and rural settlements. We also take them to Swanage to study flood management and Barton-on-sea to look at coastal erosion and management. In year 13 we cover four topics: Weather and Climate, Tectonic hazards, Development and Globalisation and World Cities. Here, the breadth and depth of knowledge is much more detailed and the emphasis is on longer style exam questions and a 40 mark essay. Then there is an issue evaluation exam which is based on pre-released material on a particular area or country
BTEC Travel and Tourism
In year 12 the students complete three units.
Unit 1: Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector involves the study of a variety of travel and tourism industries and how these industries have changed overtime.
Unit 3: The UK as a destination involves the study of a variety of UK destinations including Bournemouth, Wimborne and the New Forest. To improve their understanding of the features and facilities that attract visitors we conduct two trips for this unit. Students are investigate the needs of visitors in the UK and the factors affecting inbound and domestic tourism
Unit 4: Customer Service involves studying the importance of providing excellent customer service in the Travel and Tourism sector. The students also study how customer service is adapted to meet the needs of different visitors. The students also have to demonstrate customer service skills in a variety of settings. Again there are several trips within this unit including a trip to a hotel in Poole and a service in Wimborne.
Entry Criteria & Progression
Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in Geography
Route B: GCSE Grade 6 in a Humanities subject
Many employers find the wide skill base provided by Geography very attractive. It can lead to a range of vocational qualifications and a very wide variety of higher education courses including degrees in Geography or Geography related subjects such as Geology, Science, Environmental Science, Meteorology, Planning and Teaching.