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Geography A-level Course

WJEC A-level Geography

Geography A-Level encourages you to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around us. In turn this will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the world’s people, places and environments in the 21st Century.

Is this course right for me?

During this course you will develop both knowledge and understanding of contemporary geographical concepts together with transferable skills that will enable you to progress to higher education and a range of employment opportunities.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Geography grade B and English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B and Maths/Numeracy grade B 
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview
  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well.

The focus is to develop an enthusiasm for and competence in geography by using contemporary real-world contexts, from a range of specified spatial scales, and through engagement with, and practical application of, geographical skills and techniques in the field. This specification draws on both physical and human geography, explores people-environment interactions and encourages the development of field work at the local level to enable you to pose enquiry questions.

Units to be studied include:

  • Changing landscapes – the physical processes involved with coastal landscapes as well as human factors, including fieldwork
  • Changing places – places and their dynamic characteristics on local, national and global scales, including fieldwork
  • Global systems and global governance – includes the water and carbon cycles, challenges of human migration and governance of the earth’s oceans
  • Contemporary themes in geography – optional themes which include ecosystems, economic growth and challenge, energy changes and dilemmas and weather and climate
  • Independent investigation – builds on work covered in the specification which involves fieldwork

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Written examination
  • Completion of a final major project

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Cartographer, Commercial/residential surveyor, Environmental consultant, Geographical information systems officer, Planning and development surveyor, Secondary school teacher, Town planner, Astronomer, International aid/development worker, Landscape architect, Logistics and distribution manager, Market researcher, Nature conservation officer, Political risk analyst, Sustainability consultant, Tourism officer, Transport planner.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional Information

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, we would like to hear from you.

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What are the entry requirements?

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Geography grade B and English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B and Maths/Numeracy grade B 
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview

Current student – what are the entry requirements?

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well

  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

What will I learn?

The focus is to develop an enthusiasm for and competence in geography by using contemporary real-world contexts, from a range of specified spatial scales, and through engagement with, and practical application of, geographical skills and techniques in the field. This specification draws on both physical and human geography, explores people-environment interactions and encourages the development of field work at the local level to enable you to pose enquiry questions.

Units to be studied include:

  • Changing landscapes – the physical processes involved with coastal landscapes as well as human factors, including fieldwork
  • Changing places – places and their dynamic characteristics on local, national and global scales, including fieldwork
  • Global systems and global governance – includes the water and carbon cycles, challenges of human migration and governance of the earth’s oceans
  • Contemporary themes in geography – optional themes which include ecosystems, economic growth and challenge, energy changes and dilemmas and weather and climate
  • Independent investigation – builds on work covered in the specification which involves fieldwork

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.


Can I do this course in Welsh?

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.


How will I be assessed?

  • Written examination
  • Completion of a final major project

What can I do next?

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Cartographer, Commercial/residential surveyor, Environmental consultant, Geographical information systems officer, Planning and development surveyor, Secondary school teacher, Town planner, Astronomer, International aid/development worker, Landscape architect, Logistics and distribution manager, Market researcher, Nature conservation officer, Political risk analyst, Sustainability consultant, Tourism officer, Transport planner.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.


Do I need to bring/buy any equipment?

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Are there any additional costs?

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Disclaimer:
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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