A-Level Geography

Course Information

  • Course Code: 6036
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: AEB, SEG & NEAB
  • Study Mode: Full time

A-Level Geography is highly enjoyable and helps students understand the world in which we live.   You will study geographical change and a number of issues such as hazards, poverty, development, globalisation and their environmental impact. Geography enables students to gain a wide variety of transferrable skills (organisation, communication, numeracy and working as part of a team, to name a few) which universities and employers are looking for.

What will I study?

In the first year, students will study, coastal environments, hazards and  contemporary urban environments as part of the physical geography and people and the environment component. Students will also complete fieldwork and a topic on changing places for the human geography component.

 In the second year, students will study plate tectonics and associated hazards, ecosystems, development and globalisation, and conflicts for the contemporary geographical issues exam.

The second exam covers geographical skills and fieldwork techniques. Fieldwork will involve studying sand dunes along the Formby coast for the ecosystems topic and further urban studies.

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements (5 Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs), you will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade C in Geography.

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by written exams. From September 2016, AS students (and then rolling out to A-Level students in 2017) will be required to produce coursework which will be internally marked and externally moderated. 

Year 1:

  • Physical Geography and People and the Environment
  • Human Geography and human fieldwork investigation.

Year 2:

  • Contemporary Geographical Issues
  • Geography Fieldwork Investigation
What can I do next?

Most students go onto university to study for a variety of geography related degrees. The subject combines well with both humanities and science subjects and is relevant in a wide variety of careers including environmental management, planning, finance, tourism and teaching.

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.
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