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Geography (A Level) at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

The course has 3 components which include Physical Geography, Human Geography and new for this A level a piece of fieldwork. Please may I add that fieldwork is a compulsory element to the course and we will work hard to get this as cheap as possible, in previous years this has included an 2 night overnight stay which cost approximately £80. 

Course content

The course looks at Physical Geography which involves:

Section A: Water and Carbon Cycles.

Section B: Coastal Systems 

Section C: Ecosystems Under Stress.

Human Geography covers:

Section A: Global Systems and Global Governance.

Section B: Changing Places 

Section C: Either Contemporary Urban Environments or Population.

There will also be an independent investigation which must include collecting data in the field. 

Entry requirements

Min 6 in Geography & 5 in English +  3 other Grade 9-4 or A*-C GCSEs


The course involves 2 exam which will be sat at the end of the course. Paper 1 is Physical Geography and is worth 40% of the course, Paper 2 is Human Geography and is worth 40 % of the course. The final component is the Geography Fieldwork Investigation which is 20% of the course. 

Future opportunities

There are many routes into a wide range of careers with Geography these range from teaching to town planning. 

Further information

Independent study is essential to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. Fieldwork is compulsory to the course. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.