History and Geography challenge students to study the world around them by examining the past in fundamentally different ways.
History explores the ramifications of events from centuries ago, that can still be seen today. Be it the British Civil War, the American War of Independence or World War 2.
Geography seeks to understand the natural complexities that make up life on Earth and the role humans play within our changing world.
Studying these subjects would provide you with invaluable insight into the way the world works. Either on a socio-political and economic scale or the impact of human migration across the planets land masses.
Whether you want to expand you knowledge or go on to further study, taking a GCSE is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the material.
Moreover, it’s a nationally recognised qualification which can help your career prospects. It will also help you get onto A Level courses and even university.
Why Study GCSE History?
History is a rich and immersive subject that helps us understand the modern world.
It gives us the context behind everything from the formation of the United Nations to why tensions exist between nations. Even ones that claim to be allies.
History allows us to understand the culture not only within our home nation but other nations as well.
The American expansion (1840-1895) will help you to understand the pioneer mindset still evident in the Midwest. Despite the fact ‘the west’ has been tame for more than a century.
Similarly, examining the events of the First World War, you will come to see how it was the beginning of the end for Imperialism. You will understand how it redrew the political map and set the world on course for an even bigger conflict 21 years later.
The impact of which can still be seen today.
History is an engaging and intriguing subject that will allow you to point your studies in several different directions.
The first – most obvious one – is to study History at A Level and beyond with an undergraduate degree.
History also complements a range of other subjects including English, classical civilisations, geography, sociology, psychology and many more.
The skills you develop in history – through studying evidence and structuring arguments – are invaluable across most subjects.
GCSE History can also start you on a path towards a fulfilling career. People with qualifications in history go on to become authors, secondary school teachers, journalists, archaeologists, archivists and curators.
But, because history complements so many other subjects, your GCSE could take you on a totally different path. Depending on what piques your interest and what you choose to study alongside History.
Why Study GCSE Geography?
Geography as a subject is highly nuanced subject. It focused on the study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere and the effects of human activity.
This includes the human impact on the environment, distribution of populations and resources and political and economic activities.
It’s easy to see why so many students go on to study both Geography and History at A Level as they naturally complement each other.
If you choose to study GCSE Geography you will get to examine topics such as urban issues and challenges. This covers urbanisation, and its affects, the emergence of megacities and human migration.
In contrast to this you will examine the natural world, including natural hazards such as tectonic and weather hazards.
Whereas History preoccupies itself with what was, Geography examines what is happening now on a more natural level.
Although there are historical overtones – not least of which is understanding the history of the planet – they are more sociological in nature.
Human migration through necessity or opportunity. The growing significance of health, education, energy supplies and clean water. And the impact on society should those things grow in scarcity.
Because of the breadth of content covered in Geography and the analytical skills you’ll develop; it complements a host of other subjects. These include history, sociology, biology, environmental science, politics, anthropology and many more.
Unsurprisingly there are also plenty of career opportunities should you choose to pursue. Were you to eventually study Geography at university, you could go on to a career as a cartographer, an environmental consultant, a town planner and many more.
Geography is also useful in astronomy, nature conservation, sustainability, and architecture.
Studying GCSEs through Distance Learning
Distance learning providers offer you the same recognised GCSEs as a bricks and mortar college. That means you can study the course that interests you, when you have the time to commit to it.
You’re not having to juggle commitments to attend evening classes. Instead you can plan around work and home life and work towards your GCSE when you have the time.
Also, the material isn’t repurposed from a course intended for 14-16-year olds. The course is tailored for an adult audience and therefore the examples given will be far more relatable.
Between this and the flexibility to plan your studies, you have the opportunity to relax and actually enjoy the learning experience.
Furthermore, you can take up to 2-years to gain your qualification. Equally you can blitz through it in 6 months, it’s really up to you.
You will also be assigned a tutor to support you throughout your studies.
They will mark your assignments and provide you detailed feedback, so you know what areas require improvement. They will also be available to answer any questions you have about the material or provide guidance if you’re struggling with assignments.
Whatever your plans are for the future, studying GCSEs is a good start. They are a nationally recognised qualification that will allow you to work towards university via studying A Levels or an Access to HE Diploma.
You also have the advantage that you can tailor your courses either to meet academic requirements or your personal areas of interest.
Whichever GCSE courses you opt for, Stonebridge Associated Colleges can help you in your studies. All you need to do is get in touch with a member of the sales team or enrol online. There are flexible payment terms available to help you spread the cost.
You will also have access to a dedicated tutor who will help you through the process. Check out our blog for useful tips on how to get the most out of your study experience.
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