Geography A Level

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What will you be working towards?

Code GE_AQA
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Our Geography A level will excite students’ minds, challenge their perceptions and provide students with access to a rapidly changing world.  All core physical and human themes will be examined in addition to a range of skills and fieldwork. 

Students will study Physical and Human Geography. 


 

Details

Numeracy and Literacy are both further developed through the course as well as use of ICT to deliver assignments. Presentation skills will be developed, as will teamwork on field trips.  

Field work will be undertaken in an environment which is not known the students. Previous field work trips have taken place in Eastbourne and Plymouth (where students stayed in university halls, to give an experience of what being at a university might be like).

Further to this A-Level Geography students are encouraged to discuss their possible career paths and options with teaching staff. This allows students to be directed towards relevant university courses or apprenticeship options in geography related workplaces. Students are also directed to the department careers board, where information on various geography related jobs are highlighted


How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Physical geography  Section A: Water and carbon cycles, Section B: Hot deserts OR coastal systems 

Section C: Hazards OR ecosystems under stress OR cold environments written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes 

 

Component 2:  Human Geography  Section A: Global systems and global governance Section B: Changing places 

Section C: Contemporary urban environments OR population and the environment OR resource security  

Written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes 

 

Component 3: Geographical investigation: Students complete an individual investigation which is based on a question or  

issue defined and developed around a topic of interest written 3000-4000-word geographical report 


 

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades 9-4 including English and Mathematics at a minimum Grade 4 and GCSE Geography minimum Grade 5.

 

Your next steps...

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE, which could lead onto higher education to study geography, other areas of humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to geography such as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Travel and Tourism or Health and Social Care, to prepare for higher education in areas of geography, humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go on to a job related to geography and work as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. The course also helps you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in geography, other areas of humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to geography such as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer or Weather Forecaster. The course also helps you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.