Course Title AS/A Level Geography
Level: 3
Code MS021

Overview of the Course

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.

What are the career opportunities?

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.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5 or higher. If taken GCSE Geography you must achieve 9-4 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the full A Level.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

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.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

This course will enable you to develop communication skills. Through studying Geography you will develop your analysis of data that you can use to support key theory.

Work experience

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.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

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.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Some trips may include additional costs.

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