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Geography A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

There are many different skills gained by studying geography.  The course requires research as well as data handling skills to be developed and refined, including map and cartographic skills, production and analysis of graphs, and data sensors.  Geography also involves written work so strong literacy and communication skills are required and developed.  Field trips are an integral part of geography, so collaborative work in small groups is also important.  This qualification enables students to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply their own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around them, and to help prepare them to succeed in their chosen pathway. 

Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

The course covers both human and physical geography.  Units of study include:

Physical Geography

Water and carbon cycles

Hot desert systems and landscapes

Coastal systems and landscapes

Glacial systems and landscapes


Ecosystems under stress


Human Geography

Global systems and global governance

Changing places

Contemporary urban environments

Population and the environment

Resource security


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to achieve 6 for GCSE Geography.  Other entry requirements include grade 5 for English and maths plus two other subjects at grade 5.



The course is assessed through written examinations (80%), as well as an extensive field work investigation (20%)



Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

A geography qualification will demonstrate a plethora of skills and an awareness of global issues which are transferable to different roles and careers in the world of work - many geographers for example work in banking. A geography qualification can also lead to a degree which will be the first building block in more specialist areas such as geology, cartography and environmental studies.  Town planning and careers in development as well as hazard management are also popular

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: 08 November 2017
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