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Geography at North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College

Course description

If you are interested in the earth, its human and natural environments and the interactions between them then Geography could be the subject for you.

Contemporary geographical issues such as climate change and sustainability are major global challenges and the study of geography will enable you to study the processes behind the headlines.

In addition, Geography will provide you with transferable skills such as developing your ability to communicate a logical and detailed argument using a wide range of data and information, and your ability to work, both in a team and individually.

Course content

You will study a range of topics including the world at risk, natural hazards, climate change, ecosystems, the challenges of population change, global cities, development and globalisation.

This course includes:

  • World at risk – natural hazards and climate change
  • Going global – economic change, population and migration
  • Geographical investigations – crowded coasts and rebranding places
  • Contested planet – management of water and energy resources, threats to biodiversity, superpowers and bridging the development gap, and the technological fix
  • Geographical research – choose from topics including: tectonic hazards, cold environments, life on the margins, cultural diversity, pollution and health risks and leisure in rural areas
  • A choice of research topics.

Throughout the course there will be a strong emphasis on practical learning, including in the field using the latest technologies, and there will be opportunities to apply your learning in real life briefs provided by our partners.
Geography students will be expected to take an interest in the world around them, reading widely and keeping up with current affairs.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 A*-C GCSEs, including grade C if you have studied this subject at GCSE.

Future opportunities

Geography is a bridging subject between the arts and sciences and as such will combine with many of the other courses you can study at NSETC.

You could go onto university to study a geography degree, or another related course.

Skills developed through the study of Geography are valued for many areas of employment including work in the financial, commercial, transport and service sectors as well as in education, planning, environmental services and heritage management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 30 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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