|Course Title||AS/A Level Geography|
Geography is an engaging and flexible course allowing you to study the relationships between human populations with their physical environments at a variety of levels from the local to the global. You will consider your own role in relation to the key issues being studied, as geography is relevant to all our lives. You will have the opportunity to engage in practical fieldwork activities. In the past this has included overseas visit to Iceland and New York or other relevant destinations. There are also occasional lecture events and guest speakers as well as classroom based activities.
You may choose to continue your studies on a degree course (BA or BSc) in Geography or combined with various subjects such as Biology or Environmental Studies. Geography plays a huge part in our everyday lives and therefore jobs may be found in all areas, from drilling oil in the middle of the ocean to conservation work in tropical ecosystems. Geographers help to find natural resources and research into alternative energy technologies. The potential of GIS systems is virtually limitless, while environmental protection and the creation of sustainable societies are important elements of Government agendas. With qualifications in Geography you can help change the future. Geography graduates are highly employable.
To study three AS Levels or two AS Levels and one Applied Qualification then the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including three subjects or more at or above grade C/5 including GCSE Geography A*-C if taken.
Should you wish to study four AS Levels the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including two subjects or more at or above grade C/5 and two subjects or more at or above B/6.
In addition to the above a minimum of 9 grade points are required from maths
and English combined.
1 year for AS or 2 years for the full A Level, starting in September.
Geography is a linear course, with a combination of physical and human topics. During the first year, you will study the Landscape and Place topic and Geographical debates, which involves the Hazardous Earth and Disease Dilemmas topic. At the end of the AS year, there are two examinations consisting of structured questions. The second year will cover topics such as Earth’s Life Support Systems, Global Migration and Power and Borders. The A Level consists of three examinations on theory and geographical skills and Independent Investigation coursework.
This course will enable you to develop communication skills. You will study geography skills, which will develop your analysis of data that you can use to support key theory.
All students on A Level Study programmes will participate in a week’s work experience in each year of their course. This work experience will be tailored as far as possible to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers if you are unsure of your future goals. We will support you to find a work experience position in the first year.
We plan a variety of field trips related to the course to help develop your geographical skills. A range of enrichment activities are available in college and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to complete activities. These activities will contribute to your wider growth and development and in many cases will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in.
Some trips may include additional costs.
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