A Level in
Geography

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Studying Geography will give you the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both natural and social sciences along the way. The latest Geography specification is designed to excite your mind, challenge your perceptions, and stimulate your investigative and analytical skills.

Course Content

A combination of physical and human geography units along with a minimum of two or four days of fieldwork.

Year 1:

  • Coasts
  • Hazards (both Coasts and Hazards are assessed in the same 90-minute exam, worth 50% of the AS qualification)
  • Global systems (assessed in a 90-minute exam, worth 50% of the AS qualification)
  • Two days of fieldwork

Year 2

  • Water and Carbon Cycles (plus Coasts and Hazards) (assessed in a 150-minute exam, worth 40% of the full A Level)
  • Changing Places and Resource Security (plus Global Systems) (assessed in a 150-minute exam, worth 40% of the full A Level)
  • Investigation (3,000 words, worth 20% of the full A Level)

Assessment objectives

You will be assessed on your ability to

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of places, environments, concepts, processes, interactions, and change, at a variety of scales (30–40%)
  • apply knowledge and understanding in different contexts to interpret, analyse, and evaluate geographical information and issues (30–40%)
  • use a variety of relevant quantitative, qualitative, and fieldwork skills to investigate geographical questions and issues, interpret, analyse, and evaluate data and evidence, as well as construct arguments and draw conclusions (20–30%)

Features/Benefits

You will develop:

  • your own roles, values, and attributes in relation to the themes and issues being studied
  • team-working and time management skills through the challenges of fieldwork activities
  • your understanding of geographical concepts and processes to understand and interpret our changing world
  • as a global citizen who recognises the challenges of sustainability and the implications for your own and others' lives
  • connections between the different aspects of geography

Entry Requirements

  • At least a grade 5 GCSE in Geography and science subject
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Assessment Methods

AS: 100% Two x 1.5 hour exams

A-Level: Two x 2.5 hour exams (80%) & Field Work Investigation (3000-4000 words 20%)

NEA (Non Examined Assessment) componant of A2 coursework - Students must have a minimum of 4 fieldwork days within the academic year. The data obtained from this fieldwork is used to write your report of (3000 - 4000) words.

Progression Opportunities

Students who study on a Geography pathway are highly employable. They gain transferable skills including numeracy, literacy & team work. People who study Geography have to learn to think analytically and critically, have cultural agility; are socially and environmentally aware; and are creative.

In their studies Geography students build on their ability to integrate ideas effectively, problem solve, and develop computer literacy skills to a high standard. 

Geography graduates are - according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency's 'Destination of Leavers from Higher Education' survey - less likely to be unemployed after their degree course than those studying almost any other subject.

6th Form FAQs

DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

  • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

  • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

  • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

    When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

  • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

  • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

  • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

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Key Facts

Dates:

  • September 2018

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time

Level:

3

Course Duration:

2 Years

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact Student Recruitment for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 18/19A1QGEO

Awarding Body:

AQA

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