Why choose Geography?
A rapidly changing world scene makes geography a vital, dynamic and lively subject.
Why was the Haitian earthquake (Jan 2010) so devastating? What will be the effects of the current increase in global average temperatures? How can issues of water and energy security be solved in a world with a rapidly growing population? What is driving the increase in global migration? How should areas of global importance e.g. Antarctica be protected? What challenges to humans face living in extreme environments?
These are important issues that geographers are involved in and a rapidly changing world scene makes geography a vital, dynamic and lively subject. Being able to understand some of the processes behind the changes and being able to predict possible outcomes means that geography students have important skills necessary to help manage the future of the planet. The current environmental concerns of climatic change, sea-level change, pollution, population growth and landscape degradation are all important global issues. Geographers have a role to play in their solution and management because they study the underlying processes and their spatial interaction. Geographers are in particularly high demand for employment because of their high numeracy and literary skills as well as their ability to work well with other people in teams. It is a multidisciplinary subject in a world that increasingly values people who have the skills needed to work across the physical and social sciences (Guardian August 2015) and as a consequence, unemployment amongst geography graduates is much lower than the average for all subjects.
Fieldwork is regarded as very important at Hills Road and we offer residential field trips, which are very popular with students. The fieldwork is closely linked to work covered in the classroom and is seen as integral to one of the exam units for which a minimum of four days of fieldwork is compulsory.
There is a flourishing Geography Society run by students who organise talks, revision courses, social events and other field visits, e.g. to Iceland in 2014 and a planned trip to Sicily in 2016.
“There’s a more hands-on approach to A level than with GCSE; the field trips are a great experience to meet new people and fully understand processes going on around you.”