Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: Edexcel
Why study Geography?
Throughout the course you will be exploring a wide range of key issues that have a direct and very real effect on the contemporary world. You will develop your knowledge of both physical and human factors, learning how they interrelate and shape the world we live in. Lessons are centred on developing your independent research skills and encourage you to enhance higher level learning by applying your knowledge to real world challenges which include areas such as natural disaster management, climate change and global migration and many others. Your classwork learning will be supported by work in the field with visits to investigate aspects such as river flooding, urban rebranding and sustainable technological development. In the second year we run an overseas trip to explore volcanic and tectonic activity in Sicily. At the end of the course you will be able to identify the causes of the major geographical challenges that we currently face, explaining the wider impacts they could cause at both local and global levels, as well as analysing solutions for future management.
What can it lead to?
The Geography course will enhance your skills which will be directly transferable to a wide range of careers. These include independent research and the application of your findings in different formats such as reports and presentations. You will also develop and apply your numerical analytical skills and have the opportunity to use Geographical Information Systems software to display your findings. Geography ‘A’ level is recognized by the Russell Group and is a valuable qualification when applying for a range of degree level courses at leading Universities. Many of our students go on to attain places on Geography or related degree courses at Higher Education. A degree in Geography can lead to a wide range of career opportunities such as the management of the physical environment (river and coastal management; disaster risk management), urban planning and development, overseas aid agencies, local and national Government related work (and many more!)
How is the course organised?
Exam Board: Edexel
Year 1 (Dynamic Landscapes / Dynamic Places)
- Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
- Topic 2: Coastal Landscapes and Change
- Topic 3: Globalisation
- Topic 4: Regenerating Places
Year 2 (Physical Systems and Sustainability / Human Systems and Geopolitics)
- Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
- Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
- Topic 7: Superpowers
- Topic 8: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
Synoptic investigation of a contemporary geographical issue
Coursework: A level Independent Investigation / Fieldwork
How is the course assessed?
Tutors will monitor your progress throughout the course using a range of internal assessment methods. These will include:
- Homework essays / reports
- Group presentations
- Skills tests
- Timed exam questions
- High grade (A/B) extension work
In each of these your tutor will assess your levels of understanding and advise you on areas for further development. Your final grade will be assessed and determined by external examination at the end of the two year linear course. Three 2 hour 15 min papers (Total 80%) & a fieldwork investigation coursework (Total 20%)
What do I need to qualify for this course?
Entry: Standard college requirements
Although it is not necessary to have an 9-4 (A-C) grade at Geography GCSE it would clearly be advantageous to have prior knowledge of the subject. The course also requires students to have a good grasp of English, Mathematics and IT skills in order to analyse and present data, so it would be desirable to have had some prior knowledge of these subjects as well.
Planned study visits
Most of the field trips are organised and run by the department and will be accessible via public transport, so costs will be minimal. We also plan to run a residential overseas trip for A2 students to Sicily. We estimate that this trip will cost approximately £350 (paid for by participating students).
Who are the teachers?
Contact: Mr Alwyn Morgan (HoD): firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Alwyn Morgan BA (Hons) Geography (Manchester University); PGCE (University of Wales); Institute of Export Professional Exams
Mr Adam Chalcraft BA (Hons) Geography (Liverpool University); PGCE (Brunel University); Masters Level 1 in Town and Country Planning; Current Examiner Edexel
Current Department Interests: The team’s current interests are in developing the application of Geographical Information Systems into teaching and learning activities. Team members have also gained considerable experience in the successful planning and delivery of field work investigations both in the UK and overseas and aim to enhance this learning experience further.
What do students say about the course?
"My teachers are great and very helpful. They help us immediately when we ask and always mark our work/ assessments. Geography has increased my knowledge of the world and even helped with my history. I hope the next year group consider taking geography as its beneficial for general knowledge and for your future as its included in many courses and jobs."
"Geography is great fun as it allows me to explore the world in ways that I did not think I would be able to. The teachers are great and passionate about the subject and this feeds off onto me. The course has also helped me do research in person by going to Valencia in Spain last year to look at the regeneration in the city and the coastal landforms."
"The lessons were always inspiring and thought provoking and all points discussed on the course were relevant to everyday lives and world events. The practical and fieldwork elements of the course were always fun and helped develop our knowledge."
"The course was well organised and supported by good materials which helped me achieve the grade I wanted to gain a place at a leading University."
The following are some of the key websites which are useful for the varied
fieldwork & research tasks you will expect to undertake during the course.