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Start date: 01/09/2018 - SGS Filton
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 2 years
Course length: 2 years
Qualifications: A'level
Code: 77887
Cost: N/A

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A Level Geography

Full time course


You will study many aspects of the natural and human environment including contemporary issues, natural hazards, such as flood events, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and hurricanes and our expanding population. You will also study the globalisation of economics and its major impact on our daily lives, such as world energy and food production. As geography is such a broad subject, it opens many doors and will prepare you for a wide variety of courses at university, including traditional human and physical geography, through to courses such as environmental science, climate change, marine biology, oceanography and seismic exploration.

What will I study?

Year 1: Rivers, floods and management; cold environments, coastal environments and hot desert environments and their margins; global population change; food supply issues, energy issues and health issues; basic, investigative, ICT, graphical, cartographical and statistical skills; research skills and fieldwork. Year 2: Plate tectonics and associated hazards; weather and climate and associated hazards; investigation of a geographical argument, assertion, hypothesis, issue or problem; the process of issue evaluation.

What do I need to join?

To join the full time A Level Programme you need at least 5 full GCSEs grades 9–5 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths.
In addition for A Level Geography you need a grade 9-5 in GCSE Geography or a Humanities subject as well as an awareness of global contemporary issues.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I learn?

You will learn through formal teaching, discussions, case studies and the investigations of local issues. You will take part in a variety of field trips to support and extend your learning (local rivers, coastal studies, e.g. Iceland). Fieldwork and research skills are a key feature of the course.

How will I know how I am doing?

The course is assessed through examinations and an independent field work report.

What are my career options?

The careers possible are too numerous to mention, but include Meteorologist, Hydrologist, Volcanologist, Geologist, Geophysicist, 'Storm Chaser', Surveyor and Town Planner.

Are there any extra costs?

You may be expected to purchase a text book.

What can I do next?

As Geography is such a broad subject it opens many doors into university life. This qualification will prepare you for a wide variety of courses, varying from traditional Human and Physical Geography, through to Environmental Science, Climate Change, Economics, Development, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Seismic Exploration and many more.


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Dates & Costs

A Level Geography

Start date: 01/09/2018
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 2 years
Course length: 2 years
Time(s): tbc
Qualifications: A'level
Code: 77887
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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