Geography A Level

Sixth Form

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Full Time - September 2017

OCR

6SAS111111

Course introduction

If you enjoy finding out about how our world works and how we interact with our environment, then this is the course for you.

A Level Geography focuses on contemporary geography, looking at issues facing local and global communities both now and in the future.

Importantly, you will learn about physical and human processes operating in a variety of the world’s environments.

Other topics include glaciation, the earth’s life support systems, exploring our oceans, and contemporary issues of sovereignty and ownership.

To succeed you will need to be inquisitive, motivated, hardworking, and ready to get out of the classroom to discover what is happening in the field.

Why choose Brock for Geography A Level?

At Brock we are uniquely placed to deliver a dynamic and stimulating A Level Geography programme.

Being in the middle of the New Forest, close to the south coast and port of Southampton, you will have the ideal opportunity to explore geography’s breadth.

Our staff members have vast experience in their fields, with some having taught internationally. In addition, they have solid links with local universities, giving you opportunities to use additional resources.

Teaching & learning

You will learn through a range of teaching styles.  Lessons will involve map, photography and data interpretation, presentations, individual work, group discussion and notetaking.

Fieldwork is a key part of Geography.  As part of your course you will complete four days in the field gaining valuable experience collecting data.

Each year we visit North Wales to undertake glacial studies and every two years we organise an international trip. Recent international trips were to Iceland and Morocco.

Course structure

  • Study our oceans to obtain a clearer idea of how they have become contested areas.
  • Look in detail at glaciated landscapes to unlock secrets of how and why these giant formations occur.
  • Learn and develop a host of geographical skills that incorporate a range of analytical techniques, giving you important transferable skills.
  • Explore connections between various global phenomena and understand how Earth supports life.
  • Undertake a range of invigorating fieldwork in Keyhaven, Wales, Boscombe and the New Forest.
  • Investigate a geographical topic of your choice and produce a comprehensive piece of coursework.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 4 to include:

  • English language
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Geography (if this hasn’t been studied previously a grade C in another relevant subject)
  • Two grade Bs in a relevant subject

Information & support

You will be expected to buy a textbook costing approximately £35.

The compulsory trip to Wales costs approximately £350.

What can I do with this qualification?

Geography is a subject that brings a wealth of transferable skills related to analysis, interpretation and data management. As such, it can be a key facilitating subject for a range of careers.

It also fits well with other science-related subjects and can form part of an established and respected route into higher education.

Past Geography students have discovered work opportunities in many different sectors, including: national park management, law, education, research, oceanography and administration.

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  • I chose Brock because I really wanted something new. I felt it was a place where I would be treated as an adult to help me gain independence. Also, the course I wanted to do was very specific, and Brock was one of the only places I knew that offered it.

    Alastair Scott

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