A Level Geography Level 3

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

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 processes that are shaping, and the challenges that face, the natural and human environment.

The course follows the AQA specification.

Topics in Year One include: Water and Carbon Cycles; Changing places and Costal Systems and Landscapes

Topics in Year Two include: 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. You will sometimes work on your own, in small groups, or as a large group.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/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.

Entry requirements

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.

Where next?

Geography is a very good subject to offer when applying to Higher Education, being a traditional and well-respected subject with admissions tutors. It is considered as one of the key subjects when applying to the top-quality Russell Group Universities.

Past students 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 and employability

This course does not contain a work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

Books, videos and other resources are provided by the College, but we recommend that you buy your own copy of an A Level textbook, and a revision guide. We will advise you at the start of the course.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: alan.hammons@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk