Geography, A-Level

A-Level

If you are interested in the world around you, Geography is an ideal choice. You will examine the relationship between people and their environment from scientific, political, economic and social perspectives. 

This course looks at a variety of world issues such as climate change, natural disasters, health studies and questions of population as well as contemporary environmental and human issues. It’s an excellent choice for developing skills including IT, research (including fieldwork), analysis, evaluation and decision-making.

Highly regarded by universities, Geography will be accepted for a huge range of courses, and provides a solid academic grounding for virtually any career you have in mind. You may progress onto degree level Geography, or along other routes including Ocean Science, Architecture, Economics, Engineering and Sport Science, and employment in the Armed Services and the travel and retail industries.

 

Type of study
Full-Time

Availability & Details

Geography, A Level HF-GEOGAL-D(1718)000

Venue
Havant Campus
Dates
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

In the First Year you will study three topics:

  • Coastal systems and landscapes, including human impacts 
  • Contemporary urban environments, including urban physical geography and sustainability 
  • Changing places 

In the Second Year you will study three topics plus Fieldwork Investigation:

  • Hazards (including tectonic, storm and wildfire hazards) or Ecosystems under stress 
  • Global systems and global governance (economic, social and political aspects of globalisation) 
  • Water and carbon cycles 

The topics have been chosen to include both physical and human geography and so that the first year is an easier transition from GCSE.

 

All of our lecturers are leading subject and industry professionals.

We use digital innovation in delivering teaching and learning. On the Havant Campus, Google for Education technology is embedded throughout the College curriculum and the South Downs Campus is a Microsoft Academy, equipping you with skills in industry-recognised cloud-based applications for your onward career journey. 

The College offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, studios, workshops, presentations and group discussions.

Teaching is in a specialist Geography area where students have access to the variety of resources required for such a wide subject, as well as the necessary text books. Students work independently and in small groups. Formal teaching and small teaching groups allow discussion and debate to flourish.

You will also be able to take part in an optional fieldtrip to Iceland in the Second Year of the course.

 

There are two examinations in the second year.

There is a Fieldwork Investigation (20%): This is an independent piece of research on a topic related to the specification. Data can be collected in groups, but the topic and write-up must be the student¿s own. The report of 3000-4000 words will be marked by the teacher and externally moderated. , There is also Fieldwork and enrichment: Fieldwork is an essential part of the course (at least four days). Fieldwork associated with the investigation will be local, but enrichment opportunities will be offered, including overseas.

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I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. The college is really good and supportive.

Natasha Boerer, BTEC student

Opportunities

Geography is a very useful subject for a broad wide range of degree courses, training opportunities and employment. Many universities class it as both a humanities and a science subject. A significant proportion of students go on to study geography at degree level, however, some other progression routes have been degrees in ocean science, architecture, economics, engineering, forestry & geography, geography with qualified teacher status, marine geography, international development, sport science, and land economics, also employment in the armed services, the travel and retail industry. This subject allows for a very varied progression route. Students leaving university with a geography degree were among the top most employable graduates.,