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Geography AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

Geography will give you the opportunity to learn about physical and human processes operating in a variety of the world environments.  This course focuses on contemporary geography, looking at issues facing local and global communities today and in the future.

These topics range from glaciation, the world’s life support system, dynamic oceans through issues of sovereignty and ownership. These contemporary issues are illustrated by using case studies based on recent current events. 

If you love finding out about how our world works, what people do and why and how we interact with the environment we live in then this is the course for you.  To succeed you need to be inquisitive, motivated, hardworking and be ready to get out of the classroom and find out what is happening in the field

Course content

We are following the OCR exam board:

Year 1
Physical geography:  Glaciation and Earths Life Support Systems
Human geography: Changing spaces, Making places and Global Connections. 

Year 2
Exploring Oceans
Either the Future of Food or Hazardous Earth

There is also a piece of course work worth 20% of the A level course
Fieldwork is a key part of geography and as part of the A level you will need to complete 4 days on the field gaining valuable experience on collecting data in the field and experiencing geography outside the class room.

We visit North Wales to undertake Glacial Studies and anticipate visiting the oceanography centre as part of the exploring oceans topic.  We aim to have an international trip every 2 years, in the past we have been to Morocco and Iceland.  We anticipate visiting either Iceland or the bay of Naples.

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to enable you to undertake structured questions, essays and fieldwork related questions.  Lessons will involve map, photography and data interpretation, powerpoint displays, individual work, group discussion and notetaking. 

Entry requirements

Geography is available to students who have already studied the subject to GCSE and have attained 5 grade C's at GCSE level, including English Language, Science, Maths and Geography. 

Consideration will also be given to students who, have not studied Geography previously.  In this case a grade C in English Language is required along with 4 other academic subjects at grade C.

A variety of teaching/learning methods will be used on the course ranging from data analysis, practical exercises, note taking, essay/structured question analysis, fieldwork and issue-analysis exercises.


A number of tests and assessments will be undertaken throughout the 4 modular units with external examinations undertaken in the Summer exam period of both Year 1 and 2.

The AS level will consist of 2 external examinations in May and the A2 Level will also consist of 2 external examinations in June.

Financial information

Fieldwork activities will be undertaken on this course as an integral part of the specification.  There are a range of day trips to places like the oceanography centre and there will be a mandatory residential fieldtrip to North Wales.

The cost of all mandatory trips should come to around £300.

There are also optional international Field trips to places like Iceland or the Bay of Naples. We also take students to the Hampshire Geographical Association lectures in Winchester.

Future opportunities

A level geography will give you a good foundation in physical processes and human interactions.  The fieldwork will enable you to develop key enquiry skills, all of which are essential to future employers and higher education.

Through studying geography or a geography related degree at university you could enter careers in areas such as Geographical Information Systems (computer based mapping), meteorology, climate research, town planning and many more.   Popular destinations include Southampton, Exeter, Cambridge, Sussex, Plymouth and Portsmouth.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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