On the A-Level Geography course topics include the Water and Carbon Cycles, Hazards, Glacial Systems, Global Systems and Governance, Resource Security and Changing Places. These modules cover both human and physical Geography themes.
They are taught through a variety of theory sessions, practical activities and multimedia resources. Classes are complemented by compulsory fieldwork. The Glacial Systems fieldwork will be conducted within the Lake District National Park; a relict glacial landscape of international status. Fieldwork for human modules will be conducted within local and national towns and cities that provide the opportunity to examine economic, political and demographic themes.
This A-Level course allows students to develop key intellectual skills such as literacy, numeracy, critical evaluation and informed decision making. The course integrates a variety of data sources such as Geographical Information Services (GIS) and fieldwork, therefore allowing students to develop a broad range of research skills. Furthermore, the course will allow students to develop their team working, problem solving and communication skills. In sum, these skills mean that students are empowered to make informed decisions both academically and in the wider world.
The course is assessed by two exams at the end of the A-Level course: one human and one physical paper. These comprise a total of 80% of the marks and require a combination of short and long written answers, as well as mathematical problem solving. The remaining 20% of the marks are allocated to the Geographical Fieldwork Investigation. This investigation allows students to develop their independent study skills and explore a topic they feel passionate about.
The course is taught by Peter Reynolds, who obtained a first class degree in Geology from the University of Glasgow and a PhD in Geology from Durham University and a PostDoc from the University of Adelaide. Peter has research and industry experience as well as a PGCE.
5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above which must include Maths
GCSE English Language at Grade 6
This subject would suit independent students with a natural curiosity for the world around them, and requires students to apply a broad range of academic skills (e.g. extended writing, statistics and field skills).
After Your Course
Given the breadth of skills Geographers develop, they are highly employable. As such, students with an A-Level in Geography continue into a diversity of careers including (but certainly not limited to) town planning, flood management, conservation and the natural resources industries.
The Russell Group universities also identified an A-Level in Geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. Therefore, students are well prepared for further study at university. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment, illustrating the subject prepares students well for their future careers.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.