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Geography

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Level

3

Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include Mathematics grade 5 and Geography grade 4, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

80% examination

20% coursework

What will I study?

During your first year you will study a range of human and physical geographies. We will look at the theory of plate tectonics and challenges presented by natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis to humanity, and the measures that can be taken to attempt to overcome them.

We also study globalisation, assessing the social, economic, political, and environmental consequences of our shrinking world and analysing the impact that large businesses such as Amazon have on people in both the developed and developing world.

We also investigate the importance of our coastlines, examining the geographical processes that have work to shape these ever-changing landscapes and the strategies used by humans in their management.

We also research the idea of ‘place,’ considering the factors that have shaped them over time, as well as the reasons for the inequalities that can exist between them and how regeneration has been used to try and address them.

In the second year you will begin by completing your coursework. You will have a choice to focus on either a human or physical area of study that is related to one of the topics that we study as part of the A-level course.

We will study both the carbon and water cycles and the impact that human actives are having upon these systems and the critical implications that climate change will have upon our species and planet.

We will study aspects of geo-politics, including the role of existing and emerging superpowers in shaping international relations, as well as how the global community and institutions such as the UN intervene in humanitarian and human rights-based issues with varying degrees of success. 

Where will this course lead me?

Geography graduates are highly sought and have the lowest rate of unemployment of any graduate (Times Education 2013). Geography students learn a range of skills including essay writing, presentation, IT use and scientific analysis. Many students go on to university to study Geography or similar subjects, such as Environmental Science, Geology, Zoology or Marine Biology. Due to the wide range of skills gained, graduates go on to various careers including engineering, insurance, marketing, travel & tourism, politics, teaching and environmental management.
Maths, Geography, French, Physics
Student learning

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Year 10 Open Day
23 March 2024

We are looking forward to meeting you.

The day will begin with a presentation from our Principal Peter McGhee CBE

Booking is essential

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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