Geography

Qualification: 
A Level
Level: 
3

Exam Board: AQA

Duration: 
2 years

 

Course Content:

On this course you will;

  • Examine crucial issues such as climate change and global inequality, using the latest geographical information systems and technology
  • Study the dynamic and ever changing relationships between people, places and their environment
  • Analyse and understand a wide variety of topics such as Changing Places; Global Systems and Governance; Hazard Management and Contemporary Urban Environments
  • Complete fieldwork within a variety of different settings such as The Solent and Pembrokeshire to put classroom theory into action.  
  • Select an issue of personal interest to complete an investigation as part of your course with full support and mentoring from dedicated teachers

Assessment:

20% course work, 80% exams.

2 exam papers

Studying at Alton College:

Staff support your quest to learn at every stage. In Physical Geography, there is a great deal to understand which will require taking notes and writing essays. There will be a need to interpret maps and data. In Human Geography, there will be learning through discussions, and classroom presentations to prepare. IT research and wider reading is a large part of this course and we are fortunate to have superb facilities to allow for this. Visiting lecturers, trips to RGS London, competitions to enter, are all part of your learning too!

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. 

A grade 5 in English is recommended. 

Course costs:

Essential: textbook and course booklets £40 cover the 2 year period

Day field trips to the Solent and local fieldwork: £20. Proposed Residential Field Trips (approximate): Field study council residential trip to Wales: £295 or Juniper Hall: £75

Various day trips and to conferences in London: £25, excluding travel.

Geography works well with:

History
Sociology
Economics
Philosophy
Maths
Politics
Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Sustainability