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Geography A-Level at New College Pontefract

Course description

Geography is the study of the interactions between humans and their environment. We learn about how humans utilise and are affected by the world around them and study critical issues such as climate change, natural hazards and population change from a range of angles and viewpoints. Better understanding of these issues will help us to live more sustainably and improve our quality of life and well-being. The wide-ranging nature of Geography ensures that your lessons are varied and interested and appeals to students with many different interests including science, the arts and humanities. You will develop many skills including graphicacy, essay writing, analytical and evaluation skills as well as improving your communication, ICT and teamwork skills.


Course content

In Year 12 you will study a balance of Human and Physical Geography which includes tectonics, hydrology and climate change for the Physical topics, and settlement and population change for the Human topics. Your course will also include two fieldwork projects and study of graphical, statistical and map skills.

In Year 13 you will undertake a larger independent fieldwork investigation on a topic of your own choosing, using the skills developed in Year 12. You will also study sustainability with a focus on one particular issue which is chosen by the exam board each year. Finally in Year 13 you will also learn one new Human and one new Physical topic in depth.


Entry requirements

Level 5 English Language and Level 6 in Geography



Year 12 - Two 1.5 hour written examinations.

Year 13 - One 2 hour and 15 minute written examination and one 1 hour and 45 minute written examination.


Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

You may go on to study Geography at degree Level. However, Geography is valued by employers because of the wide range of skills students are able to acquire.

Further information

How much private study should I expect to do?
We expect that during Year 12 you will complete approximately 4.5 hours private study per week, which may increase during Year 13.

What materials will I need to purchase?
A ring-binder or lever-arch file, lined A4 paper, pens and pencils, ruler, sharpener, eraser, calculator.

What is the exam board?
Currently under review

This subject is for you if…
you have an inquisitive nature; you are interested in how places differ, how the environment influences people's behaviour and how people change places to suit their needs; you can see problems from many different angles and are good at suggesting solutions.

This subject is not for you if…
you are not interested in other places or people; you are unwilling to work hard and to persevere when you get stuck; you are not willing to learn new skills, visit new places or challenge your own assumptions.

“This subject widened my appreciation of the effects of geographical events across the world, making me realise that something that feels far away can have an impact on us in economic, social, political or environmental ways.”
Alexandra Bawn, Herefordshire


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: 06 October 2017
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