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A Level Geography - Option A and B at Arthur Mellows Village College

Course description


Why should I study Geography?

“Geography is a subject that holds the key to the future”, Michael Palin.

Do you know why it rains? Why volcanoes erupt? How our energy needs are changing or what globally we are doing to ensure the planet survives for the next generation? How are we managing cities of over 10 million people in the developed and less developed parts of the world?

Studying Geography will raise your awareness of current issues over the use of resources and the environmental impact of our globally growing population. The world around us is changing, and the A Level course will allow you to appreciate the current physical and human processes and issues. The course will also help make you a better, more rounded person.

Course content

What will I do during the course?

You will be involved in a mixture of group work, discussions, presentations and the use of ICT and GIS (Geographical Information Systems).

Across the different units you will study a mixture of physical, environmental and human Geography. There is a wide breadth of topics to study, from Tectonic Processes to Superpower Geographies and from Energy and Water Insecurity to Globalisation. Please be aware exact course content may change as exam board specifications are finalised.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a residential field trip to South Wales.

Entry requirements

You need to have studied GCSE Geography and to have achieved a Grade B or above. Students achieving a Grade C will be considered at the discretion of the Head of Geography.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of external examinations and coursework.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Geographers learn many transferable skills that will make you suitable for a wide range of opportunities, both in Further Education and the work place. The subject gives you a grounding in many other areas, such as Science, Maths, ICT, Business… to name just a few! It also makes you highly employable. Research by the Russell Group representing the top 20 UK universities found that Geography was amongst the list of preferred A Level subjects on their entry requirements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years