Where is the course delivered?
- Bridgwater campus
Who is the course for?
Geography is concerned with many key issues of the 21st century: natural hazards, urban development, sustainability, climate change and much more. Increasingly, it is becoming vital to understand these issues and how they could influence the future of our planet. Geography is also a subject that provides you with many skills that employers are now requiring.
You do not need a GCSE in Geography to study this A Level but an interest in the environment and contemporary issues will certainly help. Studying Geography can lead to a wide range of employment opportunities in such areas as environmental management, transport planning, tourism, international relations, retail planning, waste management and GIS.
Due to the breadth of the subject, Geography combines well with almost all subjects. It can be successfully studied alongside Arts, Social Science and Science Subjects.
What does the course involve?
- Physical and Human Geography topics such as coasts, tectonic hazards, water and carbon cycles, ecosystems, world oceans, migration, China and changing places
- Geographical Fieldwork Investigation skills
What makes this course special?
- Field trips to locations such as Quantock Hills, Bristol and various locations on the Somerset coast
- Visits to Exeter University Geography Department and Arup Engineering
- Optional overseas residential in Iceland and Italy
- Students will acquire other essential skills that are required for both university and employment including team working, problem solving, data interpretation and statistical analysis
Minimum of five GCSEs at grades A* to C or 9 to 5 is recommended for A Level study. One of your subjects should be an essay style subject. You do not need to have studied Geography GCSE.
What are the assessment methods?
- Three written examinations at the end of the course
- An independent fieldwork investigation to be handed in February of second year
How long is the course?
What are the College attendance requirements?
In the first year, you will spend six hours in taught lessons. In the second year, this will be five hours. You will be assigned work each week that will need to be completed in self-study hours at College or home.
Are there any additional costs for the course?
Field trips entail a small charge.
What are the progression options?
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 through the course.
Recent destinations of Geography A Level students include:
- BSc (Hons) Geography at Bath Spa University
- BSc (Hons) Geography at Southampton University
- BSc (Single Honours) Oceanography at Southampton University
- MSc Wildlife and Conservation Management at the University of South Wales
- BA in Urban and Regional Planning at Manchester University
- BSc (Hons) Architecture at UWE, Bristol