Geography A Level

On this course you will study a qualification that enables you to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply your own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around you, and help prepare you to succeed in your chosen pathway. Units include, Consequences of Globalisation, Responses to Hazards, Water Insecurity and Climate Change. The course gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners.

If you are someone who is environmentally and socially aware, interested in the world around them, current affairs and the human condition, then Geography is a course that you should consider. Geographers understand the links between places and people. They can look at complex systems in a straightforward way.

Geographers are taught a wide-ranging combination of skills drawing in ideas from many sources. This ability to view issues from a wider perspective is appropriate for working in many different areas. The nature of peoples’ working lives is changing. It is less likely that someone will spend all their life in one company or organisation (the so-called 'job for life'). If your career path is to be varied, you will need to develop transferable skills and be flexible. Geography fosters these qualities and provides a firm base for life-long learning.

Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice, particularly for Arts and Humanities degrees, including Law. The Russell Group report published in 2011 names geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses.

Site

Eastbourne

Level

Level 3

Course Type

16 +

Qualification

A Level

Courses

Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 02124y1 12/09/22 14/06/24

What will I study?

On this course you will study a qualification that enables you to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply your own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around you, and help prepare you to succeed in your chosen pathway. Units include, Consequences of Globalisation, Responses to Hazards, Water Insecurity and Climate Change. The course gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners.

Paper 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards Landscape Systems, Processes and Change The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security Climate Change Futures

Paper 2: Globalisation Shaping Places Superpowers Global Development and Connections

Paper 3: Synoptic paper based on a resource booklet that is available to students in advance of the examination.

Coursework The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification. The investigation report will evidence independent analysis and evaluation of data, presentation of data findings and extended writing.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

A GCSE grade 5 in Geography (if taken) and grade 5 in English Language.,Our general entry requirements to study 3 A-Levels or any mixed level 3 programme are: 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including English Language and/or Maths at grade 5. Subject specific entry criteria may also apply. Our general entry requirements to study 4 A-Levels are: 6 GCSEs grade 4-9 including English Language and Maths at grade 6. Subject specific entry criteria may also apply.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Written examination: 2 hours 30% of the qualification. The examination will include short open, open response and resource-linked questions.

The examination includes 10-mark and 15-mark extended writing questions.

Paper 2: Written examination: 2 hours 30% of the qualification. The examination will include short open, open response and resource-linked questions.

The examination includes 10-mark and 15-mark extended writing questions.

Paper 3: Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes, 20% of the qualification.

Coursework: Independent Investigation, non-examined assessment 20% of the qualification assessed by completion of report.

What qualification will I achieve?

A full A level in Geography.

What can I do after completing this course?

Geography is a high-profile humanities subject, which shows a breadth of knowledge and can provide a pathway to a range of degree courses. It is seen as a 'facilitating' subject by Russell Group universities. Our students have gone on to study subjects including town planning, medicine, environmental planning, architecture and oceanography.

Are there any extra costs?

You will have to purchase a course textbook which will cost approximately £28. Further details will follow. There will also be a Geography Field Trip to attend.

Additional Info

Geography is a subject that sits between the sciences and humanities and is therefore a particularly good choice for those students who wish to have a broad range of A levels.