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Geography A level at City and Islington College

Course description

Building on GCSE Geography, this two-year course widens the scope from the physical characteristics of our landscapes to the way that human beings shape - and are shaped by - geography. This will involve a lot of study and discussion about why certain countries and areas have historically been deprived, and how we can master natural resources to improve the lot of the planet and the people on it.

Course content

In your first year, you will look at issues of climate change and natural disasters, the impact of globalisation and population migration, and how places are rebranded to change their image. Your fieldwork will be on the use and management of coasts.

In your second year, you will extend your understanding of the physical and human worlds through the theme of Contested Planet, which includes topics such as Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap, Water Conflicts and Energy Security. You will also examine the food supply problem through a research unit investigating Life on the Margins.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, you must achieve at least a grade B and a grade C in at least two written subjects e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Religious Studies (full course), English Language.

International students:

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment is by exam at the end of each year. Successful completion of the first year gains you an AS Level in Geography. Successful completion of the second gains you an A Level.

Future opportunities

Taken as one of three A Levels, Geography gives you the opportunity to progress to university or other Higher Education institute. Taken in combination with a Politics or Economics A Level, it's the ideal preparation for studying those topics at Higher level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.