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Geography at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, people, places and environment and therefore bridges the social sciences (Human Geography) with the natural sciences (Physical Geography) and forms the backbone of the Humanities Faculty at Elliott Hudson College. A Level Geography will enable students to develop an understanding and knowledge of different geographical concepts. Geography is highly valued by universities and the discipline is referred to as a facilitating subject (Russell Group, 2011): one that gives A Level students the skills to succeed in Higher Education and the world of work.

Course content

Component 1 - Physical Geography

The Physical Geography component is made up of the following:

Section A - Water and carbon cycles

Section B - Coastal systems and landscapes

Section C - Hazards 

Component 2 - Human Geography

The Human Geography component is made up of the following:

Section A - Global systems and global governance

Section B - Changing places

Section C - Contemporary urban environments

Component 3 - Geographical Investigation

Students are required to complete four days of fieldwork over the two year course.

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. The investigation will be approximately 3-4000 words in length and can focus on an individual student’s area of interest in Geography.

All students will undertake 4 days field work as part of the A level Geography course.

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.


Component 1 - Physical Geography
Written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes -
40% of A Level
Component 2 - Human Geography
Written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes -
40% of A Level
Component 3 - Geographical Investigation
Non-examined assessment -
20% of A Level

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.

Future opportunities

Geography is a sought-after subject amongst employers because it equips students with a wide range of different skills. As an A Level Geographer students will develop skills in numeracy, literacy and ICT as well as more subject-specific skills such as the use of maps and Geographical Information Systems. Geographers enter a wide range of careers including finance (accountancy, banking, management and consultancy), education, marketing, sales, advertising, law and social/health services. In addition, many geographers choose degrees leading to careers directly related to the subject such as town planning, surveying and environmental management.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website





How to apply

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Last updated date: 18 September 2018
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  • Start date: Next September