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Geography A Level at Sunderland College

Course description

This is a course for people who enjoy both human and physical environments and are looking to study Geography in more detail. Geography doesn’t have to be a subject on which to focus a career, but your personal and academic skills will benefit tremendously from this course.

Course content

The course covers key physical & human geographical topics as part of the exam specification:


  • Coastal Systems
  • Hazards
  • Changing Places
  • Geographical Skills


  • Water & Carbon Cycles
  • Global Systems & Governance
  • Contemporary Urban Environments
  • Geographical Investigation (fieldtrip coursework)


Entry requirements

You’ll need to have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths OR English at a grade B or above.


This course is based in the classroom with regular theory work and assignments

There will be 2 days of fieldwork in first year, with an additional 4 days in second year.

The fieldwork will consist of primary and secondary data collection, presentation and analysis, across both human and physical environments.

There will be a Physical Geography exam & a Human Geography exam, each worth 40% of the course.

Fieldwork will be written up as a 3000-4000 word investigation on one of the above topics, contributing the remaining 20% of the A-Level.

Future opportunities

With an A-level in Geography you will develop a wide range of employability skills and a world-view with cultural, social, economic and environmental sensitivity; helping you stand out in the labour market.
Geography is a highly desirable and valued subject, with strong links to many careers in a variety of different sectors; environmental engineering, climatology, human resources, town planning, ecology and many more.
You could also go on to study Geography at university, specialising in whatever field of Geography you’re particularly interested in.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
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