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Geography A Level (Distance Learning) at National Extension College *Fees Payable*

Course description

**DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE**

 

Few subjects have as broad a remit as geography, which is essentially the study of planet earth – its features, its tectonics, its phenomena and its inhabitants. Our distance learning A level will give you a comprehensive understanding of many of geography’s different elements, including the make-up of the planet and the processes that affect it, the different changes that take place in rural and urban settlements, energy issues and the impact of tourism. If you’re interested in studying this subject or a related one at degree level, or working in tourism, conservation, or any area of work that involves dealing with either the planet and its resources or its relationship with humankind, this course will set you in good stead. 

 

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.

Course content

Unit 1: Managing physical environments

  • Geomorphic processes
  • Fluvial processes and landforms
  • The use and management of river basins
  • Coastal processes and landforms
  • The use and management of coasts
  • The physical characteristics of hot arid and semi-arid environments
  • The use and management of hot arid and semi-arid environments
  • Processes and landforms in cold environments
  • The use and management of cold environments

Unit 2: Managing change in human environments

  • The characteristics of urban areas
  • The social and economic issues associated with urban change
  • The environmental issues associated with urban change
  • Managing urban areas to ensure sustainability
  • The characteristics of rural areas
  • The social and economic issues associated with rural change
  • The environmental issues associated with rural change
  • Managing rural areas to ensure sustainability
  • Sources of energy and variations in global patterns
  • Energy use and economic development
  • The increasing demand for energy
  • Managing energy supplies to ensure sustainability
  • The changing patterns of global tourism
  • Tourism and economic development
  • Issues associated with the growth of tourism
  • Managing tourism to ensure sustainability

Unit 3: Global issues

  • Mass movement
  • Flood hazards
  • Hazards associated with earthquakes and volcanic activity
  • Variations in hazard impact
  • Hazard management
  • Ecosystems and environments
  • The salt marsh ecosystem
  • The impact of human activities on deciduous woodlands
  • Variations in the impact of human activity on the environment
  • Managing physical environments to ensure sustainability
  • Why populations vary over time and space
  • Defining and classifying resources
  • Factors affecting the supply and use of resources
  • Why the demand for resources varies with time and location
  • Managing the demand and supply of resources and their development
  • Levels of economic development and quality of life
  • Different levels of economic development and inequalities
  • The development gap
  • How economic inequalities influence social and environmental issues
  • Reducing social and economic inequalities

Unit 4: Geographical skills

  • Identifying a question or hypothesis
  • Developing an investigation strategy
  • Collecting data
  • Presenting data
  • Analysing and interpreting data
  • Writing a conclusion

Entry requirements

Previous study of geography at GCSE level is useful but not essential. Essay-writing skills and a grasp of simple statistics and data interpretation are advisable.

Assessment

This course follows specifications H083 (AS) and H483 (A2) from the awarding organisation OCR. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from OCR's website.

Four exams: 2hrs30m (30% of marks), 1hr30m (25% of marks), 1hr30m (25% of marks) and 1hr30m (20% of marks)

Seven AS assignments, seven A2 assignments
No coursework

Please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course isSummer 2017.

Financial information

**FEES PAYABLE**

 

It’s your choice: pay in full and discount your course fees, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.

Representative examples:

For the full A level
Course fee:   £545
Deposit:  £54.50
Amount of credit:   £490.50
Monthly payment:  £81.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:  £545
Rate of interest:  0%(fixed)
0% APR representative.  
 
For AS level or A2 level
Course fee:  £325
Deposit:   £32.50
Amount of credit: £292.50 
Monthly payment:   £48.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:   £325
Rate of interest:  0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.  
 
For enrolments in the UK there are no additional postage and packing charges. For enrolments outside of the UK the following postage and packing charges apply:

 

  • EU – £75 for the first course and £40 for second and subsequent courses
  • Rest of the world – £130 for the first course and £70 for second and subsequent courses

Further information

Essential textbooks

AS

  • Dove, J. et al., OCR AS Geography, Heinemann, 2008

A2

  • Dove, J. et al., OCR A2 Geography, Heinemann, 2009

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact National Extension College *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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