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Geography A Level at New College Nottingham

Course description

How does our environment shape us and how do we shape the environment? This course will bring you right to the heart of the big questions facing the world today: how do we create a sustainable future for ourselves? 

Can we combat global warming? and how do we share the earth’s resources?  You’ll take an in depth look at globalisation and the impact it’s having on the planet and its people.

Course content

You’ll get plenty of hands-on experience as fieldwork is an essential part of the course: field trips, day visits and local studies will be integrated into the programme. Topics include: global challenges; geographical investigations; contested planet; geographical research.

You will also:

- Learn to analyse maps, statistics, newspaper articles and satellite images
- Gain an understanding of the ideas and concepts that underpin natural and human systems
- Gain a systematic knowledge of selected case-studies from the developed and developing world
- Analyse real planning issues to gain an insight into decision-making

AS Level:

- Global Challenges: globalisation and the world at risk - hazards including climate change
- Geographical Investigations: crowded coasts and unequal spaces or re-branding places - rural and urban environments

A2 Level:

- Contested Planet: energy security, water conflicts, biodiversity under threat, superpower geographies, bridging the development gap, the technological fix
- Geographical Research: study of a physical or human geography topic
- Hands-on experience of fieldwork is an essential part of the course: fieldtrips, day visits and local studies will be integrated into the programme.

Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language and Maths and you must have studied the Higher GCSE Geography paper


You’ll take examinations.

Future opportunities

You could progress to a related higher education course such as geography, planning, development, environmental studies or earth sciences. 

If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • The original High Pavement Grammar School was established in 1788 and it wasn't until 1975 that it turned from grammar school into a sixth form centre. In 1999 the centre merged with New College Nottingham and since then has occupied a prime position on the edge of Nottingham Trent University's City campus, giving our A Level students a real insight into University life, before they've even got there.

      High Pavement is home to ncn's A Level courses and with 30 or so to choose from, our students have variety and choice, as well as great on site facilities, fantastic tutors and amazing opportunities during their time with us. Overseas trips, one-to-one support with UCAS personal statements and guest speakers from the UK's top Universities are the norm here at High Pavement and that's why our students tell us time and time again that coming to High Pavement has opened their mind to opportunities and experiences they never knew existed.