Geography is a subject that blends well with both science and social science A Levels because of the broad range of topics studied. The subject covers both human and physical geography which include topics such as piracy, human trafficking, climate change, plate tectonics, biodiversity and many things in between. You do not need to have studied geography at GCSE level, but this would be an advantage along with an interest in contemporary world issues.
Fieldwork is a vital part of this course and you will be spending at least four days in the field over the two-year course. We visit the Somerset Coast, Bristol Harbourside Redevelopment, Steart Salt Marshes and the Quantock Hills. These field trips help you develop skills such as data collection, presentation and analysis, drawing conclusions and evaluating your work. These skills are necessary to complete the coursework element of the course where you will conduct your own investigation into a topic of your choice. They are also very valuable skills for university and employment. In conjunction with other similar subjects, we also run international residential visits which have previously included trips to Italy and Iceland.
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You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 5 range including English.
You will be assessed through an independent fieldwork investigation of 3,000 to 4,000 words and written examinations, with regular internal assessment taking place as the course unfolds. Your final A Level exams will be made up of three exam papers covering the entire programme at the end of year two.
Over the two year course, students will be spending at least four days in the field which will have a small transport and/or entrance fee. All students and parents/carers will be made aware of the trips in advance for payments to be made via the College online store.
Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. It has been classed by the Russell Group of universities as one of eight facilitating subjects. These are the subjects most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses. Choosing geography will keep more options open to you at university. A Level geographers are also preferred by many employers because of the wide range of transferable skills that are acquired throughout the course.
A Levels (Geography, Maths & Physics)
Thursday 10 June 2021