A-Level

Geography

Cover a range of topics including current environmental issues around the world.

Course overview

Are you interested in the human and natural world? A-Level Geography is a hugely diverse and dynamic subject. You will explore a wide range of current environmental and political issues occurring around the world, including natural hazards, climate change, migration, development and globalisation.

The A-Level Geography course will cover both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It will also, importantly, show the applied side of the subject - how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment.

There is plenty of opportunity for discussion and extended research, which will help you become an independent thinker and learner. By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.

What will I study? 

Modules

Year one

  • Hazards
  • Contemporary Urban Environments
  • Coastal Systems and Landscapes

Year two

  • Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Changing Places
  • Global Systems and Governance

You will also have the chance to undertake fieldwork  (4 days in total across two years) to supplement your theoretical knowledge in both physical and human units.

A-Level Geography is assessed by both written examinations  (worth 80% of final grade) and a non-examined assessment (worth 20% of final grade)  with two 2.5 hour written exams at the end of the second year.

A strong level of written English is also essential, given the essay content of the exams.

You will have the opportunity to sit an AS exam at the end of Year 1.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths.
  • At least one grade 5 and one grade 6 in GCSE written subjects. One of these must be English Language. Other written subjects include History, Geography, Humanities, English
    Literature, Business, Media Studies, Religious Studies (Full Course), Drama or Film.

Core Maths must be taken alongside this course, if you are not taking A-Level Maths.

 

Why should I choose USP College?

  • Degree qualified subject specialist teacher with many years of experience teaching A-Level Geography courses.

 

Additional costs

  • Suggested books to supplement learning are encouraged to be bought.
  • Field trip.

What can I do next? 

Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects and is highly valued by universities as an A-Level choice.  A broad based subject , Geography provides lots of opportunities for future progression. For example, Geography is an obvious choice for careers in sustainability and green climate change.

For careers in the world of business, an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare, then Geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues such as; How do we measure development? What are the consequences of migration on societies?

If you are working towards a future course in medicine or veterinary medicine then Geography is a good choice to give you’re A-Level options the breadth that universities seek, as you will gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health and survival of people, animals and ecosystems as well as enhancing your skills of writing essays and extended reports.

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