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Geography at St Edward's College

Course description

Geography aims to provide you with an understanding of the dynamics that shape the physical, economic and social aspects of the world in which you live. It is one of the few subjects at this level that bridges the gap between arts and science subjects. Many A Level science candidates often choose Geography as their third A Level. The world is seemingly chaotic at global, national and local scales and the geographer attempts to look for a sense of order in both physical and human Geography. If you are curious about the world in which you live, you will enjoy Geography.


Course content

The course is mainly designed around the study of physical and human Geography, covering topics as diverse as plate tectonics, meteorology, population and food supply issues. Two papers will have modules based on fieldwork and the topics will vary each year. At AS Level the emphasis will be on fieldwork method and Year 12 will be completing fieldwork on fluvial geomorphology. Year 13 will require issue evaluation through practical experience of fieldwork.

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE Geography


The assessment will be split up into two examination papers and a piece of coursework. Each paper will last 2 hours 30 minutes and will account for 40% of the final A Level. The questions will vary between multiple choice, short answers and extended prose. The individual investigation is a 3000-4000 word assignment, worth 20%, based on a question or issue defined by them.

Future opportunities

Your options are endless with Geography. Alongside Sciences, you could apply for courses like Medicine, Engineering, Architecture and Geology, whereas if you take Geography with English, History, Business or Languages, you could try courses such as Law and Politics. Geography graduates have one of the lowest unemployment rates (source– ‘What Graduates Do 2010’). Lots of Geography graduates enter Business, Marketing and Sales, but others take a completely different career path into Planning, Accountancy and Finance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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