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Geography A Level at Varndean College

Course description

A brief look at the topics listed below in the Course content will show you that Geography students study some of the most important and challenging issues facing the world. Through your studies you will develop the skills and knowledge needed by those in the public, voluntary and business sectors to make informed decisions on which the future of our planet depends. The skill learned are transferable and will open the door to many career options.

We expect you to take an active part in lessons, to ask questions and draw your own reasoned conclusions about key issues based on your research.

Course content

Year 1:                           

  • Tectonic processes and hazards
  • Coastal landscapes and change
  • Regenerating places
  • The water cycle and rivers
  • The carbon cycle and enery
  • Two days fieldwork

Year 2:   

  • Migration
  • Identity and sovereignty
  • Super powers and geo politics
  • Synoptic study of human and physical geography in places
  • Coursework - which must involve fieldwork


Entry requirements

Standard advanced course rquirements plus:

  • Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and Science
  • Grade 4 in GCSE Geography (if taken)


80% exam, 20% coursework

Future opportunities

Students go on to degrees in related subjects such as Earth Sciences, International Tourism, Development Studies or Geography itself.  The subject leads to a wide range of careers in public services, environmental research and conservation, eco-tourism, working for voluntary organisations, development work and a wide range of business environments.

Further information

There are 4 days field work embedded into the course plus opportunities for optional foreign trips including an annual North American trip

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 September 2017
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