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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

24+ 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 a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/equivalent or above, including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.  GCSE Geography is not a pre-requisite. 

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

To progress to the second year, you will need to demonstrate a Pass grade or above in your first year.

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?


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


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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This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Abbey Sisson

Abbey Sisson

“Amazing” diploma offered more than sixth form for audiologist Abbey

As a teenager Royal Derby Hospital audiologist Abbey Sisson wanted to find “something different” after her GCSEs.
She had achieved As to Cs but was unsure about taking A levels because she wasn’t a natural at exams. She wanted to find a different direction and, on a whim, popped into an open day at Broomfield Hall.  
Abbey liked what she found – she made friends immediately – and was impressed by the Level 3 Public Services Uniformed Extended Diploma. It offered coursework modules, the equivalent of three A levels and “loads of opportunities” which helped her CV for job applications.
Abbey passed with a distinction and almost immediately after College landed a job as an emergency department assistant at the Royal Derby Hospital. Finding no clear career path there, she applied internally and went on to work in audiology as an assistant.
While there, she devoted her spare time, doing work placement on her days off, to achieve a foundation degree and a first-class BSc Healthcare Science Audiology degree at Aston University. Now a qualified audiologist at the Royal Derby, Abbey said her time at College helped her into the workplace.    

I was keen to do something different, and it really was different – it was amazing. I don’t think I would ever have had so many opportunities if I’d gone into the sixth form.  We volunteered in schools, doing sports leadership, as well as stewarding for events too. We had loads of opportunities. Because of the course, when I came to apply for jobs, I had a lot to say.

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