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Geography A Level at Bilborough College

Course description

The world we live in is changing: Geography allows you to see why and how. Studying Geography can enhance your communication, literacy, numeracy and IT skills; your sense of spatial and environmental awareness; your ability to solve problems and work as part of a team. We follow the Edexcel Geography specification. There are no additional entry requirements for AS-level Geography above the college’s general entry conditions, but you'll need to be curious about the world’s places, peoples and environments. You should enjoy asking questions and finding answers; be interested in local, regional and global issues, and have the ability to think independently. Above all, you must be prepared to leave the classroom and see for yourself what is going on!

Course content

In your first year (AS) you will study global themes, including globalisation and climate change. You'll discover how your own actions can relate to the wider world, be it your local area or a country far away. There are two modules: 'Global Challenges' and 'Geographical Investigations'. The first looks at topics which include 'Global Hazards', 'Climate Change' and 'Future Global Challenges'. 'Geographical Investigations' allows you to undertake geographical research, including a four-day field trip to Shropshire. You will investigate two topics in depth, one on 'Extreme Weather' or 'Crowded Coasts' (physical geography), and one on 'Unequal Spaces' or 'Rebranding Places' (human geography). Assessment is by exam.

At A2 you will learn how the world is contested and develop practical research skills. You will study two modules: 'Contested Planet' and 'Geographical Research'. In the first you will consider five key world issues ('Energy Security'; 'Superpower Geographies'; Water Conflicts'; 'Bridging the Development Gap' and 'Biodiversity Under Threat' and in the sixth topic - 'The Technological Fix?' - discuss possible technological solutions. For your 'Geographical Research' module you will develop further the investigative skills gained at AS-level and prepare for the demands of higher education or employment. You will choose one topic from six options. You will be assessed by exam - some focusing on pre-released research.

Entry requirements

To study Geography at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C or above in Maths and English GCSE, and if you have taken Geography at GCSE, a minimum grade C in that subject.

Future opportunities

If ever you need help in deciding which steps to take next, our Geography teachers are always here to help with valuable advice. Geography provides a sound basis for further academic study in a wide range of subjects due to the wide range of transferable skills you will develop. Universities value many of the skills you will develop during the course. Further study of Geography at university is also a popular option, allowing the topics studied at AS/A-level to be expanded on fully.

Geography combines well with many other subjects and there are many career choices for geographers: town planner, climatologist, conservationist, market researcher, teacher, surveyor, lawyer, estate manager, cartographer, pollution analyst, hydrologist, geologist, architect, aid worker, estate agent, transport manager, civil engineer, crime analyst.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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