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Geography A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

Geography is the study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these factors, including the distribution of populations, resources and political and economic activities.

This course is designed to help students to develop a sound understanding and knowledge of geographical themes, issues and skills.


Course content

 Area of study 1:  Dynamic Landscapes 
• Tectonic Processes and Hazards
• Coastal Landscapes

Area of study 2:  Dynamic Places 
• Globalisation
• Regeneration

Area of study 3:  Physical Systems and Sustainability 
• The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
• The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Area of study 4:  Human Systems and Geopolitics 
• Superpowers
• Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

A residential field trip is a compulsory part of the course.  All Geography specifications at A-Level require 4/5 days of fieldwork.  The fieldtrip to the Lake District will be in February.
A half day trip to Sheffield city centre will also take place in April.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 Maths


All the examinations will be in the summer of the second year. There are no external exams at the end of the first year of study.

Four externally assessed units:
• Paper 1 –Physical Geography, 30% of qualification, 2 hours
• Paper 2 –Human Geography, 30% of qualification, 2 hours
• Paper 3 – Synoptic investigation, 20% of qualification, 1 hour 45 minutes
• Coursework –20% of qualification, 3000-4000 words


Financial information

Approximately £320 for the first year residential field trip in February.  It includes all teaching and learning resources, transport, accommodation, and is catered on a full board basis. There are possible student bursaries available to contribute to the cost of the trip depending on household finances, although these are never guaranteed.

Future opportunities

This course could lead onto higher education to study Geography, other areas of humanities, science or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Geography such as a Town Planner, Environmental Officer, Estate Manager, Landscape Architect,Conservation Officer, Surveyor, Transport Manager or Weather Forecaster.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification visit us on one of our Open Evenings, or speak to school/college careers staff.

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: 25 September 2018
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.