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A Level Geography at Trafford College

Course description

Why study Geography?The world we live in is changing: Geography allows us to see why and how it is changing. The subject can also enhance communication skills, literacy and numeracy skills, IT literacy, spatial awareness, team working and problem solving skills as well as environmental awareness.What’s on the course?Students will study themes including water and carbon cycles, global systems and global governance, contemporary urban environments. They will discover how their own actions can relate to the wider world, be it the local area or a country far away. Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected from the field. Students need to undertake a minimum of 4 days fieldwork, and write up a 3,000- 4,000 word report.

Entry requirements

Students must have 5 GCSES at grades A*-C including English and Maths and will need to have achieved a grade C at GCSE Geography. A school reference and successful interview are also required.


AS: Two written exams – 1 hour 30 minutes each (includes human, physical and geographical skills).A-Level: Two written exams each worth 40% - 2 hours 30 minutes each, plus coursework Geographical Investigation, 20% of A-level.

Future opportunities

What are the career opportunities?Employers value 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.

Further information

Contact Course Enquiries on 0161 886 7070

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: 13 May 2016
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