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Geography A Level at Sheffield College

Course description

About the course

Geography is a subject that seeks to understand the Earth and the effects that human activity is increasingly having on it.

The first year of the course looks at many of the challenges facing the world at the present time such as the impacts of natural hazards, migration and climate change.  The second year moves on to examine many contentious world issues, including global energy supplies and growing water shortages.  Research skills will be developed throughout the course.

This A-level will particularly appeal to you if you like asking questions and finding answers.  You will learn to think independently so that you can understand geographical issues from a variety of viewpoints.   You will also learn that there is rarely a single correct answer in this subject!

Geography is a very visual subject and so a wide range of materials will be used, ranging from maps and photographic images to websites and DVDs.  Recent geographical events will be incorporated into the course and students will be encouraged to follow them on the news.

Will this subject suit me?

The ideal student would be curious about the world around them, have an interest in global as well as local issues and be keen to explore the growing impact of people on the natural world.

Previous study of Geography is not essential.

Personal study time

A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons.  Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self- directed research as well.

Qualification Title

A Level Geography

What students say about this subject

"We cover a lot of interesting topics in plenty of detail."

"Staff are always willing to help."

"We have good discussions."

"There is a nice relaxed atmosphere that helps me learn."

"I like the varied teaching methods used."

 

Entry requirements

To study 3  A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

To study 4 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language and Maths

Additional Requirements: GCSE Grade 5-9 in Geography (if taken)

Assessment

This course is assessed purely by exams.

Financial information

Money

At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Many A Level students choose to go on to study Geography at degree level.  This will prepare you for a wide variety of careers including water resource or coastal management, town planning, conservation, recreation management or G.I.S. designer maps on computers.

 

 

Further information

How to apply   

School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

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: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: HRENA1

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