North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

Cotham and Redland Green Learning Communities

Geography (Linear)

Awarding Body


A Level


Students will sit three exams and submit one piece of coursework:

Paper 1 - Physical Geography (30% of the A Level)

Paper 2 - Human Geography (30% of the A Level)

Paper 3 - A synoptic Issue Evaluation exam (20% of the A Level)

Coursework investigation (20% of the A Level)

Students will study a range of physical and human geography topics including:

Tectonics and Hazards, Coastal Landscapes and Change, Globalisation, Regenerating Places, Water Insecurity, Energy Security, Superpowers, Global Development and Connections.

Minimum requirement for entry onto the course

NBP16C level 3 entry requirements.

Why should I follow this course?

Geography is a highly relevant and topical subject successfully bridging the divide between arts and science subjects. It is greatly valued by employers for the wide range of skills it helps develop, including problem solving and analysis.  Geography University graduates are amongst the most successful in acquiring employment after finishing their studies.

What will I learn?

In geography the more traditional aspects are included such as tectonics and hazards alongside global issues that face the world today including superpowers, globalisation and regenerating places. You will learn about the complex interaction between physical and human geography and the extent to which human actions can manage the future of our planets and its resources.

What learning and teaching methods will be used?

The geography department works hard to develop an effective and exciting learning environment. Group work and personal presentations go alongside more traditional teaching from teachers who are passionate about their subject.  The development of independent learning and research skills are considered key at this level and provide a stepping stone to the learning techniques embraced at higher education.  Fieldwork visits are a requirement of the course and provide an invaluable opportunity to experience geography in the real world.

What can I do with my qualification?

The opportunities provided through the study of geography are many and varied, opening doors to a wide variety of high education and employment opportunities allowing students to specialise in either arts or science or follow a combined degree course. Many students choose to follow an environmental science route, although planning, sustainability, hazard management and geology have proven popular in recent years.

What minimum qualifications will I need?

NBP16C level 3 entry requirements.

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