This A Level is included within the following A Level pathways as a Recommended Core subject: Environment, Geography and Earth Science; Humanities It is included in the following pathways as a Recommended Additional Subject: Business and Entrepreneurship; Engineering; Financial Academy; Law and Legal; Maths, Physics and Computer Science; Medical Health; Social Sciences; STEM and Healthcare. However, you can choose Geography with any A Level/equivalent combination, there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
You will study topics such as climate change and global warming, increased coastal and river flooding, overpopulation and globalisation as well as a mix of human and physical geography. By the end of the course, you will have a greater understanding of the natural and human environment.
In Year One you will study: Water and Carbon Cycles; Changing Places and Costal Systems and Landscapes. Then in Year Two you will study: Global Systems and Global Governance; Contemporary Urban Environments and Hazards.
You will take part in fieldwork, discussions, note-making, map work, data interpretation, videos, research and essay writing. Work is done individually, in small groups and in larger groups.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C, including Maths (a grade 5/B is preferred) and at least 5/C in English Language. You must also achieve grade 5 in at least one of these subjects. GCSE in Geography is not essential but if taken, you need to achieve a grade 5/C.
Future career and study opportunities
Geography is a well-respected subject to have when applying to Higher Education and is viewed positively by admissions tutors.
Past students on this course have gone into surveying, leisure and recreation, town planning, countryside management, landscape architecture, accountancy, environmental health, marketing, international development and a host of other careers. Others have gone onto further research in meteorology, volcanology and glaciology.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but many of the skills you will learn are essential to employability. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
The college will provide books, videos and other resources are provided by the college but we recommend that you buy your own A Level textbook, and a revision guide, which we will advise you on when the course begins.