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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus Welsh Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code GEO-AL (2123)

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

  • What does the course involve?

    Geographers are highly employable in a wide range of areas. This is because they deal with some of the big issues in today’s world, such as climate change, conflict, migration and inequality and also because of the range of valuable skills that they develop. We use a wide range of case studies from around the world including Japan, Haiti, California and Bolivia as well as some close to home. On this course you will study regeneration in urban and rural areas, globalisation, superpowers, migration, water and carbon cycles, energy security, tectonic processes and hazards, migration and coastal landscapes and management. You will develop important skills such as decision-making, literacy, research, numeracy, teamwork, IT skills and evaluation.

    You will learn in a wide variety of ways, but there is a focus on small group activities as we want you to work with others and develop your own ideas and opinions. We also learn about Geography first hand by visiting some of the places that we study.

    We invite experts to contribute. This has recently included advanced seminars with University Centre Shrewsbury and activists from the pressure group Global Justice, and a lecture on Iceland’s volcanic hazards from an international expert in the field from Staffordshire University.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Three exams at the end of the second year of both short and longer answers. One exam is based on a resource booklet. The individual investigation based on fieldwork is worth 20% of the final mark. Fieldwork includes day trips to the Welsh coast, Craven Arms and Birmingham, as well as other local activities.

  • Additional Notes

    Many of our students progress to study Geography or a related subject in Higher Education. Others go on to relevant careers in areas such as the environment, planning and travel or wide ranging careers such as social services, charities, media, research and marketing.

  • Further Information

    Fieldwork includes day trips to the Welsh coast, Craven Arms and Birmingham, as well as other more local activities.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Sam Emmerson

Sam Emmerson

A Level Geography (Business BTEC and ICT BTEC)
Previous school: Mary Webb School

Geography is a really interesting subject and you can have fun studying it here. You get the independence to do your own field work, but the teachers will take the time to help you out if you need it. It’s so different to GCSE Geography, you look at things differently and experience more.

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