A Level

A Level Geography will see you travel the world from the classroom, exploring the impact of a wide range of current affairs and environmental issues across the globe. Geography will fuel your curiosity and widen your perspectives as you investigate the workings of the physical world and the ways in which people interact with it.

As part of the course, you will work in the field to gather evidence that will inform your studies. You’ll explore the Yorkshire coast to discover more about coastal defences, the streets and waterfront area of the vibrant city of Liverpool, and may travel as far afield as the Italian island of Sicily to research its unique geography.

Specific requirements

You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and achieve grade 4 in GCSE Geography, if taken. If you haven’t taken GCSE Geography then you’ll need at least one grade 4 in a GCSE Science.

For more information about the pathways, please click here.

Your learning experience

Your topics will include:

• Coastal systems and landscapes
• Water and carbon cycles
• Contemporary urban environments
• Global systems and global governance
• Changing places
• Hazards
• A fieldwork based geographical investigation

An enriching experience

Studying A Level Geography at HNC is an enriching experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests, broadening your horizons and building your cultural capital. These experiences are integral to life at HNC and will help you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the experiences our A Level Geography students enjoy include:

• Participating in inspirational and valuable guest workshops and university lectures
• The opportunity to develop your fieldwork skills through a range of residential trips and
visits, including to the Yorkshire coast and the Italian island of Sicily
• The option to become one of our Humanities ambassadors, representing HNC at events such as our Open Events, building key employability skills such as communication and leadership

Enlightening opportunities

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. Our subject specialists will instil in you a love of learning, and challenge you to develop the required skills you’ll need to achieve the life-changing qualifications that will lead you to your dream career.

You will explore a diverse range of topics such as climate change, energy resources, social cohesion and migration, building your cultural capital with your knowledge of current affairs. Many of our A Level Geography students also take part in our XL Programme, which provides you with unique and exceptional opportunities that will support progression to world leading universities.

How will you be assessed?

This course is assessed by examination and coursework.

Where does it lead?

A Level Geography students are in high demand – the skills and knowledge you develop in this subject are transferable to a wide range of degrees and jobs. Many of our students pursue study at degree level, and move on to careers in sectors linked to Travel and Tourism, Logistics, Environmental Sciences, Land Management and Planning. A Level Geography students progress on to a wide range of degree level courses, as this subject is highly flexible.

Some of the subjects our students have progressed to recently include:

  • Politics
  • Geography
  • Land Management
  • Economics
  • Environmental Management
  • Human Studies
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Fieldwork will form a core element of your learning, providing you with many opportunities to learn and develop outside of College and the classroom!
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