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Geography AS & A Level

About the course

This subject combines aspects of human and physical geography. Students will look at how landscapes are formed and shaped, and begin to understand the value and vulnerability of the resources the Earth provides. Alongside this students will learn about how and why patterns in human settlement and migration have changed over the years, alongside aspects of social change such as rebranding and development of areas and consumerism patterns.

Entry requirements

A minimum of score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and Science along with four other GCSEs or equivalent (not including short courses or citizenship). See Subject Requirements Guide for details.

GCSE English Language or English Literature at score 5 or above; GCSE Geography at score of 5 or above preferred. It is not essential to have studied Geography to GCSE.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will be expected to pay for stationery and textbooks.

Awarding body

EDEXCEL

Why study?

An A Level qualification in Geography will help you to understand the way the world works and the role we as humans play in it. An interesting subject in its own right, Geography can be used to help in the understanding of numerous other subjects.

You will discover how your own actions can relate to the wider world, be it your local area or a distant country. In year 2 you will learn how the world is contested and develop practical research skills in your chosen area.

You will discover at a variety of Earth Processes, looking at how they shape the landscapes we see today, and provide the resources essential for all life. You will also look at the patterns of the movement of people around the world, taking a deep look at the causes and effects of these movements.

Where will this course take me?

Many Geography students go on to study the subject at a higher level, on courses such as foundation degrees and undergraduate degrees in a wide range of subjects, as the skills learned at A Level are transferrable.

Employment for Geography students covers a wide range of jobs, including: advertising, education, marketing, environmental management, retailing, finance, sales, law, social/health services, surveying, finance and banking, and charity work, town planning, meteorology, hydrography, conservation work, travel and tourism.

Core modules

Area of Study 1: Dynamic Landscapes
A look at Plate Tectonics and the hazards associated with them, followed by Coastal Landscapes, looking at how they are formed and shaped by natural processes

Area of Study 2: Dynamic Places
A look at Globalisation and the ways in which international influence is gained and maintained, followed by Regenerating Places, looking at how areas in decline can be rejuvenated through a variety of methods.

Area of Study 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability
Looking at the Carbon and Water cycles and discussing the value and vulnerability of the resources they provide.

Area of Study 4: Human Systems and Geopolitics
A look at the factors leading to the rise and fall of Super Powers over the past 150 years, followed by a look at migration patterns around the world and the effects of that.

How will I be assessed?

3 Written exams (80% of course)
1 Piece of Coursework (20% of course)

Will I have to provide anything?

Suitable stationery
Text book – £25 (TBC)
Mandatory Fieldwork – £200 (TBC)

What should I do now?

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