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Geography AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

The world we live in is changing. Geography allows us to see why and how it is changing. It can enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy skills, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working and problem solving skills, as well as environmental awareness.

“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” Michael Palin

Students will cover a wide range of topics and experience a variety of learning and teaching approaches.

Course content

Geography students study a range of Human and Physical topics and explore how their own actions can relate to the wider world.  Students will undertake geographical fieldwork and research as well as develop their geographical skills and thier confidence in working with statistical techniques. 

AS/A Level  course content

Physical topics: Tectonic hazards and processes; Coastal landscapes and change

Human topics: Globalisation; Shaping places

A Level course content

Physical topics: The water cycle and water insecurity; The carbon cycle and energy insecurity

Human topics: Superpowers and geopolitics; Global development and connections

The AS and A Level courses include compulsory fieldtrips within the UK.  This forms an essential part of exam preparation at AS and coursework at A Level and does involve a financial cost.  

Entry requirements

Students who have previously studied GCSE Geography will need at least a C Grade in Geography and a 4 or 5 (or higher) in either English Language or Maths.

If students have not taken GCSE Geography they will need both English Language and Maths at Grade 5 or above.

The Advanced GCE in Geography will appeal to students if they:

  • are curious about the places, peoples and environments across the globe
  • like asking questions and finding answers
  • are interested in local, regional and global issues
  • have the ability to think independently
  • wish to explore human, physical and environmental geographical relationships

Students should have an interest in the natural and human world, be good at written and spoken communication and enjoy discussion and working with others.

Assessment

The AS Level is 100% examination based, with two papers sat in May.

The A Level is 20% coursework and 80% examination based, with three papers sat in June.

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel

Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to take a degree in Geography or a closely related subject. Employers like Geographers because they develop skills in literacy, numeracy, IT and spatial awareness; additionally they develop team skills and can articulate and analyse complex problems.

Studying Geography opens up a wide range of careers, including Environmental Management, Business and Marketing, development and global issues, Planning, Travel & Tourism and Leisure industries. Teachers will be able to advise students about university entry and careers of an environmental or geographical nature.

Further information

Geography students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • a trip to the Azores to explore volcanic landscapes and discover how the islands manage resources, biodiversity and tourism in a sustainable way.
  • a trip to Morocco where students visited Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, a traditional Berber village and the Draa Valley, a spectacular sandstone gorge on the periphery of the Sahara.
  • a trip to Margam, in Wales, to investigate the success of Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre in the Afan Valley - an attempt to regenerate a previously deprived coal mining area.
  • a trip to Sicily, the main focus of which was to study the impacts of plate tectonics on this island both in the physical landscape and through an appreciation of Sicily’s history.
  • a Tectonic Hazards Conference in London: the conference proved invaluable for students, not only in helping with exam preparation, but also giving them a taste of university teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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