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A-Level Geography

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Develop your knowledge of locations, places, processes and environments locally and globally. You will learn about the complexity of people, environment interactions and understand some of the key issues facing the world today, such as climate change and migration.

You will also develop quantitative and qualitative skills including observing, collecting and analysing geo-located data apply to fieldwork and research.


What Does The Programme Include

You will develop your research skills by taking part in fieldwork. You will complete an individual field investigation as part of this course exploring your chosen topic. You will also be required to take part in a 4‑night field trip and a number of field visits to help with your research development. In class you will investigate case studies, explore the formation of and effects of glaciation. There will be practical activities to support your understanding of landscape formation as well as discussions about human geography, data gathering and investigation of social deprivation issues in the locality. There is also a course work requirement which you will begin work on at the end of year 1.

Entry Requirements

The standard requirements for A Levels is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/​C or above as a minimum for humanities subjects and 6/​B in maths for all science subjects.

Each A Level subject has its own additional entry requirements, please see below:

Grade 5/​C in Science.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support. There will also be assessed coursework.

Additional Information

You will have the opportunity to take part in a number of field trips throughout the year and will also be required to take part in a 4‑night field trip and a number of field visits. 

You will study 3 A Level subjects, plus tutorial and career development sessions. Each subject has 6 hours per week contact time, with approximately 4 hours of independent study. 

Unfortunately we cannot accept students who only want to study a single A Level subject due to funding limitations.

Potential Future Career

Example job roles in:

  • Teaching
  • Environmental Health
  • Water Management Officer
  • Town Planner
  • Conservation Officer

Studying further degrees in:

  • Environmental Planning
  • Business
  • Social Services
  • Teaching

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Landscape systems (including the study of drylands, coastal or glacial landscapes)
  • Changing places and the connections between people, the economy, society and the environment.
  • Global systems
  • Global governance


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Ellie achieved A*, A, A and was accepted in to Newcastle University to study Biomedical Science with her results in Maths, Chemistry and Biology.

Ellie Bird



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