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Geography A Level at Sheffield College

Course description

About the course

Geography is a subject that seeks to understand the Earth and the effects that human activity is increasingly having on it.

The first year of the course looks at many of the challenges facing the world at the present time such as the impacts of natural hazards, migration and climate change.  The second year moves on to examine many contentious world issues, including global energy supplies and growing water shortages.  Research skills will be developed throughout the course.

This A-level will particularly appeal to you if you like asking questions and finding answers.  You will learn to think independently so that you can understand geographical issues from a variety of viewpoints.   You will also learn that there is rarely a single correct answer in this subject!

Geography is a very visual subject and so a wide range of materials will be used, ranging from maps and photographic images to websites and DVDs.  Recent geographical events will be incorporated into the course and students will be encouraged to follow them on the news.

Will this subject suit me?

The ideal student would be curious about the world around them, have an interest in global as well as local issues and be keen to explore the growing impact of people on the natural world.

Previous study of Geography is not essential.

Personal study time

A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons.  Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self- directed research as well.

Qualification Title

A Level Geography

What students say about this subject

"We cover a lot of interesting topics in plenty of detail."

"Staff are always willing to help."

"We have good discussions."

"There is a nice relaxed atmosphere that helps me learn."

"I like the varied teaching methods used."


Entry requirements

To study 3  A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

To study 4 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language and Maths

Additional Requirements: GCSE Grade 5-9 in Geography (if taken)


This course is assessed purely by exams.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Many A Level students choose to go on to study Geography at degree level.  This will prepare you for a wide variety of careers including water resource or coastal management, town planning, conservation, recreation management or G.I.S. designer maps on computers.



Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

Thursday 25th October 2018, 4pm- 7pm
Wednesday 21st November 2018, 4pm- 7pm
Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4pm - 7pm
Monday 4th March 2019, 4pm- 7pm


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: 15 May 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: CRENA1


  • More information
    • Welcome to Peaks Campus

      The Sheffield College Peaks campus in the south-east of the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with ‘The Loft’ canteen and social area, and ‘The Attic’ providing a vast learning space and climbing wall.

      Peaks has excellent transport links with a tram stop right outside the campus with regular trams to and from the city centre. Peaks offers vocational courses and academic qualifications.


      Peaks Campus, Waterthorpe Greenway, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S20 8LY

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 31 and follow signs for A57.

      Follow the A57 for approximately 3.5 miles continue on to Moss Way.

      When you see the South Yorkshire Police building on your left, take the first exit on the roundabout.

      Peaks Campus is on the right hand side.


      Parking is available for Blue Badge holders only (please see the Disabled Go website for more details).

      By Train

      Sheffield Train station is well served by a variety of rail routes, please check the National Rail Enquiries website for more details. Once you arrive, Peaks Campus is accessible by tram, which you can pick up from Sheffield Train Station. Please see the section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Peaks Campus’ nearest tram stop is Moss Way, on the Blue Line.

      The Supertram website has travel planner which you can use to plan your journey and find up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are plenty of buses that serve Peaks Campus – check out the Travel South Yorkshire website to find the best route from your location, as well and timetables and fares.

      By Bike

      Peaks Campus has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please visit the Disabled Go website