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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Adult Loan Amount: 2225.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The A-level Geography course encourages learners to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. In turn this will enable learners to develop a critical understanding of the world’s people, places and environments in the 21st century. Learners should be able to develop both knowledge and understanding of contemporary geographical concepts together with transferable skills that will enable them to progress to higher education and a range of employment opportunities.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 4 (C).

A GCSE in Geography is not a pre-requisite. However, if you have studied it, a grade 5 (C/B) is required.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

Course Content

Component 1: Changing Landscapes and Changing Places

Coastal or glacial landscapes, rural-urban continuum, deindustrialisation, the decline of the high street and rise of internet shopping, the rebranding of places, segregation and inequality in towns and cities.

Component 2: Global Systems and Global Governance

Water and carbon cycles, carbon storage in different ecosystems, globalisation, economic migration, movement of refugees, sovereignty of ocean resources and managing ocean environments.

Component 3: Contemporary Themes in Geography

Volcanic and seismic events, hazard management, hazard perception and vulnerability, ecosystems, weather and climate, and development in an African context.

Component 4: Independent Investigation (coursework)

The independent investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by you individually, and must relate to the specification content.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Changing Landscapes and Changing Places

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes - 30% of qualification.

Component 2: Global Systems and Global Governance

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes - 30% of qualification.

Component 3: Contemporary Themes in Geography

Written examination: 2 hours - 20% of qualification.

Component 4: Independent Investigation (coursework)

Non-exam assessment: 3000 to 4000 words - 20% of qualification.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

Further study 

You can progress to university study in fields such as:

  • Geography
  • Humanities
  • Geology
  • Environmental Management
  • Sociology
  • Marine Biology
  • Geographical Information Systems

Careers 

This A-level is valuable for careers in areas such as:

  • Social work
  • Town planning
  • Surveying
  • Environmental protection/conservation
  • Law
  • GIS analysis
  • Teaching

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Hannah McDonald

Hannah McDonald

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role Learning how to share her opinion, build her vocabulary and speak more effectively has given former Derby College A Levels student Hannah McDonald a good grounding for a career with the police.
 
Hannah, who is 18 and from Newton, is soon to become a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) following a rigorous recruitment procedure.
 
She has also secured a place on the Professional Policing BA (Hons) degree course at Nottingham Trent University, deferred until September 2021.
 
In her PCSO role, Hannah will be based in Ripley and Chesterfield, supporting Derbyshire Police by going into schools to talk about issues such as knife crime and road safety. 
 
Hannah, who took law, psychology and combined English Literature and English Language A levels at Joseph Wright Centre, found her English lecturers especially helpful.
 
She said: “I’d thought English was all about reading books but it’s about so much more. It’s about being put under pressure and trusting your opinions enough to share them or put them in an essay, because English is so subjective and there’s never a wrong answer. In our English classes we gave PowerPoint presentations to the class, so we got used to sharing our ideas and opinions.
 
The course also enhanced my communication skills. It enabled me to build up my vocabulary to speak more effectively.”
 
These abilities gave Hannah the confidence to volunteer at a local primary school, helping children with maths and English, on her Wednesday mornings off from College – experience which she is  sure led to her getting her PCSO role.
 
She added: “There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.
 
Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.”

There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.


“Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.

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