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A-Level Geography at Winstanley College

Course description

Why study Geography at Winstanley College?

You will find Geography is a unique, adventurous and valuable subject. So many of the world's current problems, conflicts and natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis and the spread of disease, are just some of the great challenges that face us and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. You will be able to get involved and study a rewarding and relevant subject which allows you to develop a wide range of skills, from collecting data in the field to understanding the attitudes and values of decision makers through debates and discussions. Many students who enjoy physical geography and environmental issues choose to study both geography and geology. We welcome students who have not studied geography at GCSE. We only require that you have a keen interest in the subject background as everyone takes part in our interesting induction programme which introduces the skills and concepts needed to enjoy and be successful in your A-Level. An independent fieldwork investigation, worth 20% of the final mark, into either a human or physical topic helps you settle into the course and participate in team work.

What will I study?

Over the two years there is a variety of exciting human and physical topics including:

  • Landscapes - Coasts
  • Earth’s life support systems – Carbon and Water cycles
  • Global connections – human rights and migration
  • Changing spaces and making places
  • Hazardous Earth - tectonics
  • Climate change

Enrichment and Fieldwork

You will take part in a compulsory fieldwork assignment, which is a fantastic chance to see geography come to life. You will gain hands-on experience seeing a real-life case study and it is a great opportunity to develop geographical knowledge. 

Visits have included trips to:

  • Morcambe, to introduce basic fieldwork skills in the context of coastal studies.
  • Manchester (New Islington) to investigate changes in the urban environment.
  • Iceland to look at volcanic and glacial activity.
  • Italy to look at tectonic activity around Naples and in Sicily.


Geography is an intellectually challenging subject and as such, geographers are highly sought after by employers and contribute substantially to the applied management of resources and environments. There is a wide variety of career options and management positions, as well as entry to law, architecture, civil engineering, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. Many new career opportunities are linked with sustainability, climate change, risk and hazard management and carbon neutral economies.  Visit

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Winstanley College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years