Studying Geography is all about investigating how people interact with the physical and human environment. If you want to broaden your understanding of the world and your place in it, develop high level evaluation skills and explore a wide range of current issues, then A Level Geography is for you!  

Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and Grade 4 in GCSE Geography if taken. If GCSE Geography is not taken, then grade 4 in a GCSE Science will be essential.  General entry criteria also applies.

The topics you study will see you exploring everything from inequalities in Latin American cities to the likely impact of future climate change.  Topics include:

• Hazards

• Coastal environments

• Changing places

• Water and carbon cycles

• Contemporary urban environments

• Global systems and global governance

• Fieldwork based geographical investigation

Awareness of current affairs, environmental issues and your local area will all help you with this course. Under the guidance of our outstanding teachers, you will explore worldwide issues. You will engage and debate in your learning, challenging your own views, as well as those of others.

A core element of your learning involves fieldwork, so you’ll be regularly learning outside of College and the classroom!

The course is examination and coursework based. You will sit two final examinations, each 2.5 hours long and each is worth 40% of your final grade. There is a range of question types that requires knowledge of key concepts, description and analysis of sources such as maps and graphs and extended writing about case study material. The geographical investigation (NEA) accounts for 20% of your final grade.

A Level Geography students progress to a huge range of university degrees and employment – the skills you will develop support a variety of careers. Some of our recent graduates have progressed to degrees and sectors linked to Travel, Logistics, Environmental Sciences, Land Management and Planning.

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A Level Geography is incredibly relevant and deals with current vital issues such as climate change, migration, natural hazards and social issues.

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Tam Mckinnie

Geography at The University of Huddersfield

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