About this course
The Geography AS programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this qualification encourages learners to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them and 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, exploring people-environment interactions and encouraging development of fieldwork at a local level.
Learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.
What you will study
The following two units are covered:
Unit 1: Changing Landscapes:
2 hour written exam
Section A: Coastal landscape or glaciated landscape
Section B: Tectonic hazards
Unit 2: Changing Places:
1 ½ hour written exam
Section A: Changing places
Section B: Field work investigation in Physical and Human Geography
A Level Pathways have the following minimum entry requirements: Scholars 4 A Levels with EPQ: 9 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English Language AND 5 A*-A grades 3 A Levels with Welsh Baccalaureate: 8 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English Language AND 5 A*-B grades 2 A Levels and 1 BTEC Extended Certificate with Welsh Baccalaureate: 8 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English Language AND 3 A*-B grades 2 A Levels with Welsh Baccalaureate: 6 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English Language AND 1 A*-B grades 1 AS Level with 1 BTEC Extended Certificate or 2 BTEC Extended Certificates with Welsh Baccalaureate: 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English Language Individual Subject Entry Requirement Maths minimum: C English Language minimum: B Other Requirement: B in GCSE Geography
Teaching and assessment
Two written exams
- The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
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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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