Course overview

Geography A Level City of Bristol College

This programme will introduce you to the fundamentals of both physical and human geography.

Dealing with vital issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation, social issues and natural hazards, A Level Geography has applications across a broad spectrum of careers.

This course is an option within our humanities A Level pathway.

  • Humanities Pathway course code: ALHUM

Find out more about our A Level pathways and how to apply

Additional information

Who is this course for?

A Level Geography is for any student who has a passion for nature and empathy for the difficulties associated with climate change. Geography is valued as an A Level by many universities and lays a strong foundation for higher education in either a humanities or science subject.

What you'll learn

The first paper covers a mix of physical and human geography, and explores coastal processes and changing places. The second paper looks at the major physical systems in nature, and includes the water and carbon cycles and global governance of the oceans and people. The third paper is all about contemporary themes in geography, such as tectonic hazards, ecosystems and energy.

During your course you will undertake two supervised fieldwork trips and one independent one over the summer.

Course entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4. 

Grade 6 in Geography & Grade 5 in Maths or English. 

You will provide a copy of your last school report and/or a reference from an employer or relevant professional other this will include attendance. This is to ensure that we can support you to be able to achieve well on the course.

Applicants with 85% or below attendance will have been deemed not to have met this criteria.

All applicants are given an opportunity to discuss any evidence-based mitigating circumstances that may have affected the reference/school report.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the duration of the course via a combination of assignments, practical work, observation and presentations.

Future career and study opportunities

A Level Geography is valued by top universities in the UK. If university is not your intended pathway, the knowledge you gain in physical and human geography will be applicable in a range of careers, particularly into government departments and in the sciences.

Additional costs

This course is free to anyone aged 16-18. There is no formal list of additional costs. However, if you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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