Geography

A Level

Course code
HSDC-SD-AP2GEO
Type of study
Full-Time
Examination board
AQA

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Overview

If you are interested in the world around you, Geography is an ideal choice. You’ll examine the relationship between people and their environment from scientific, political, economic and social perspectives.

This course looks at a variety of world issues such as climate change, natural disasters, health studies and questions of population as well as contemporary environmental and human issues. It’s an excellent choice for developing skills including IT, research (including fieldwork), analysis, evaluation and decision-making.

Highly regarded by universities, Geography will be accepted for a huge range of courses, and provides a solid academic grounding for virtually any career you have in mind. You may progress onto degree level Geography, or along other routes including Ocean Science, Architecture, Economics, Engineering and Sport Science, and employment in the Armed Services and the travel and retail industries.

 

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

On this course you will study:

In the first year you will study three topics:

  • Coastal systems and landscapes, including human impacts
  • Contemporary urban environments, including urban physical geography and sustainability
  • Changing places (an entirely new topic about people’s experience of place)

In the second year you will study three topics plus Fieldwork Investigation:

  • Hazards (including tectonic, storm and wildfire hazards) OR Ecosystems under stress
  • Global systems and global governance (economic, social and political aspects of globalisation)
  • Water and carbon cycles

The topics have been chosen to include both physical and human geography and so that the first year is an easier transition from GCSE.

 

All of our lecturers are leading subject and industry professionals.

The College offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, studios, workshops, presentations and group discussions.

Teaching is in a specialist Geography area where students have access to the variety of resources required for such a wide subject, as well as the necessary text books. Students work independently and in small groups. Formal teaching and small teaching groups allow discussion and debate to flourish.

You will also be able to take part in an optional fieldtrip to Iceland in the Second Year of the course.

 

Physical Geography (2 hours 30 minutes (40%)
Human Geography (2 hours 30 minutes 40%)

There are two examinations in the June series in the second year. Both examinations will contain short answer data-response questions and an essay.

There is a Fieldwork Investigation (20%): This is an independent piece of research on a topic related to the specification. Data can be collected in groups, but the topic and write-up must be the students own. The report of 3000-4000 words will be marked by the teacher and externally moderated. There is also Fieldwork and enrichment: Fieldwork is an essential part of the course (at least four days). Fieldwork associated with the investigation will be local, but enrichment opportunities will be offered, including overseas.

There is also Fieldwork and enrichment: Fieldwork is an essential part of the course (at least four days). Fieldwork associated with the investigation will be local, but enrichment opportunities will be offered, including overseas.

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You take control of your own learning…they (South Downs College) were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student

I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. South Downs College is really good and supportive.

Natasha Boerer, BTEC student

Progression

A significant proportion of students go on to study Geography at degree level. However, some other progression routes have been degrees in ocean science, architecture, economics, engineering, forestry & geography, geography with qualified teacher status, marine geography, international development, sport science, and land economics, also employment in the armed services, the travel and retail industry. This subject allows for a very varied progression route.

Careers

Cartographer, Climatologist, Environmental Planner, Health Services Planner, Researcher, Teacher, Transport Planner, Urban Planner

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