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AS/A-Level Geography at Leeds City College

Course description

Geography is the study of Earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments bridging the social and natural sciences.  A-Level Geography develops an understanding of a wide range of physical and human geographical issues. 

You will take part in fieldwork to research the sociological and economical inluences on places and environments. You will develop a range of skills, including understanding and interpreting statistics, research methods and cartography (the study of land).

Course content

Throughout the course, you will develop a range of skills, including fieldwork, statistics, ICT and cartography. You will also have ample opportunity to discuss your own attitudes to contemporary issues of concern.


Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A-Level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A-Levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A-Level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A-Level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.

In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

Additional entry criteria - GCSE Grade A*-B/9-5 in GCSE English Language or Grade A*-B in GCSE Geography, or grades CC in 2 GCSE Science subjects.


There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment.  Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed.  The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.

Future opportunities

There are many job opportunities for students who have taken courses in Geography, and employers welcome the wide range of skills covered.  Geography has a good reputation with university admissions tutors combining well with both sciences and humanities, and as such has a wide appeal.  A-Level Geography can lead to further study of subjects including Physical Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Management and Environmental Science.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2017
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