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Geography A Level at Reading College

Course description

This course will help increase your understanding of the world, and the people and places within it. You will find out about physical and human geography from our experienced staff. You will learn through a range of enjoyable and interesting activities and areas of study. You will be required to complete a residential field trip in the spring term of your first year. 

This is a very broad discipline, developing a wide range of skills, and covers many contemporary issues such as the environment, energy, sustainability and fair trade.

This course can be studied as part of the Communications Pathway or Business Pathway.

Course content

You will learn about the two areas of physical and human geography. This will increase your understanding of a wide range of environments and the world around you. 

Your study will include the following: 
• unit 1 - Changing physical environments
• unit 2 - Changing human environments
• unit 3 - Contemporary themes and research in Geography
• unit 4 - Sustainability. Fieldwork is an essential part of this course.

Your Geography AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. You will take part in field residential trip to help develop your skills and increase your subject understanding. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a tutorial, and they will help you set, review and achieve your targets. 

There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education. 

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs grades A* to C including English Language and Maths. A minimum of a D grade at AS allows you to progress onto your second year of study.


You will learn through a range of enjoyable and interesting activities and areas of study. Your studying will be through a combination of coursework and timed assessments. You will take two exams, one of which is based on your fieldwork research.

Financial information

This involves a number of trips and visits and your study will include a residential trip.

The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £12,950 per year. Scholarships of up to £6,250 are available, for more information on International entries contact

Future opportunities

You could progress on to higher level study in humanities or a relevant scientific degree, such as environmental sciences, or alternatively enter employment. Roles in employment would include working for companies like Thames Water, The Environment Agency or local government as a Cartographer, Environmental Consultant, Transport Planner or Town Planner.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.