A level Geography

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel

Introduction

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Geography is exciting and relevant and is the subject for our times. In 2015 it was referred to by The Guardian newspaper as ‘the must have A level’. The syllabus offers an issue based approach to studying geography, enabling you to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as water insecurity and climate change. You will be given the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the relationship between people and the environment, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners. A key part of the
course involves residential fieldwork (which incurs a cost) to a coastal area in southern England, usually during the spring of the first year.

  • Course units...

    Year 1
    • Dynamic Landscapes – tectonic processes and hazards and coastal landscapes and change
    • Dynamic Places – globalisation and regenerating places
    Year 2
    • Physical Systems and Sustainability – The water cycle and water security and the carbon cycle and energy security
    • Human Systems and Geopolitics – The impacts and sphere of influence of global superpowers, the global development and connections looking at migration, identity and sovereignty

     

  • Course assessment...

    80% of the marks are for three exams of 2 hours 15 minutes each. 20% of the marks are for an Independent Investigation of 3000-4000 words. (The four days of field work you are required to undertake feeds into this coursework.)

  • This course can lead to...

    This subject is considered a competitive one in terms of university entrance; it is included amongst the key facilitating subjects in a guide complied by the Russell Group of 20 leading universities. Jobs related directly to geography include cartography, surveying, environmental consultant, GIS officer and teaching. However the transferability of geographic knowledge and skills make it one of the most sought after qualifications for many other careers such as international aid, logistics and distribution, finance, tourism and transport.

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:

    Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 4 in Maths

  • Course highlights

    • A residential field trip to a coastal area – a chance
      for students to see the ‘real thing’, have fun
      and learn the skills required for independent
      investigation work
    • Opportunities to attend conferences and hear keynote speakers
    • As a link college with King’s College, University of London we are invited to visit their Geography Department and have guest lecturers visit us
    • 1:1 support is available to
      all students.
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