About this course
This A2 Level Geography is a one-year course which should be taken alongside two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate. It may be possible to take this course as a part-time student.
This course encourages learners to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. This will enable learners to develop a critical understanding of the world’s people, places and environments in the 21st Century. The focus of the specification is to develop an enthusiasm for and competence in geography by using contemporary real-world contexts drawing on both physical and human geography, explores people-environment interactions and encourages development of fieldwork at the local level.
What you will study
The following units are covered:
Unit 3: Global Systems and Global Governance
2 hour written exam
Section A: Global systems: Water and carbon cycles
Section B: Global governance: Change and challenges – migration and oceans
Unit 4: Contemporary Themes in Geography
2 hour written exam
Section A: Tectonic hazards
Section B: Ecosystems and economic growth and challenge: India, China or Sub-Saharan Africa
Unit 5: Independent Investigation
Non-exam assessment: 3000-4000 words; based on the collection of both primary data and secondary information.
Teaching and assessment
Two written exams and assessment
Course fee per year
Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £0.00
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Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.
Time of day
I came to the College as I wanted to travel and become more independent – it’s so modern and looks amazing. When I saw the library I was sold. Honestly the library was my main pull, there are so many books I loved it.
Someone came in to speak to us about the Sutton Trust, which gives students a taste of life at American universities. I applied - it was really competitive but I got in. We went to a different state every day, and we went to different colleges including Princeton and Harvard. I also had a week at Warwick Uni and a week at Nottingham Uni. It was so good – I just loved it.
You have a lot of support at the College, especially from the Careers and Ideas team. I think there are a lot more opportunities here as it is such a big college with so many resources.
Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Environmental Studies
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