Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years 3 Part-Time - Day Bede Campus A-Levels
September 2 Years 3 Full-Time Bede Campus A-Levels

What’s it all about?

This is a course for students who have enjoyed and been successful whilst studying GCSE geography, who enjoy both human and physical environments and are looking to study geography in more depth and detail.

Geography certainly doesn’t have to be a subject on which to focus your career, but your personal and academic skills will benefit tremendously from this course; the ability to hold mature and balanced discussions, essay-writing skills, graphical and statistical analysis, problem-solving, independent study and research, as well as to become aware of global issues and debates.

The A-Level Geography specification will continue to excite your minds, challenge your perceptions and stimulate your investigative and analytical skills.

Whilst you will study new and unfamiliar modules in A-Level Geography, that have been included to truly reflect the world and its 21st Century challenges, you will also see that it has retained some of the modules that you have enjoyed previously, including hazards and population.

You will need five GCSEs at grades 5-9, including Maths & English Language.

Study level Cost Additional fees
16-18 FREE There are no costs charged to enable you to study this A-Level course, although there will be a contributing cost associated with the fieldtrip to the Lake District, and possibly other external visits. You will need to provide your own stationery and core textbooks/revision guides.

This course is based in the classroom, consisting primarily of theory work and ongoing modular assessments.

There will be 4 days of fieldwork and external visits throughout Year 12, with an additional 2 days in Year 13.

The A-Level Geography fieldtrip to the Lake District during Year 12, will consist of primary and secondary data collection across both human Geography and physical Geography contexts. This experience will enable you to further develop your geographical fieldwork skills, from planning a geographical investigation, all the way through to collecting data, presenting and analysing data, before concluding and evaluating your experiences.

Not only will this help with your A-Level Geography coursework, but you will orientate this around two key modules of your course; Coasts and Changing Places.

English and Maths are very important subjects and will help to equip you with key skills that will help you to achieve your best in your A-Level studies and progression towards your future career.

In order to study A-Level Geography, you will need to have achieved GCSE Maths and English Language at a grade 5.

The sixth form day is 9am - 4.15pm, Monday-Friday.

You will study each of your subjects for 4hr 45min per week, across three separate lessons.
Your timetable will be determined by the combination of subjects that your study, which will be made available to you at the start of the academic year.

You are not required to be on campus when you do not have a timetabled lesson, although we would strongly recommend that you are. Making effective use of our learning facilities and resources during such study periods, will ensure that you keep on top of your work and make significant progress in your studies, not to mention developing important time-management, organisation and independent-study skills.

You will study 6 modules throughout this two-year course, equally split between physical and human topics, alongside the Non-Examined Assessment (coursework).

At the end of the course you will sit a Physical Geography exam (40%), a Human Geography exam (40%) and will complete your Non-Examined Assessment (20%).

Throughout Year 12 you will study:
Coastal Systems & Landscapes
Changing Places

Moving into Year 13 you will study:
Global Systems & Global Governance
Water & Carbon Cycles
Contemporary Urban Environments

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What’s next?

With an A-Level in geography you will develop a wide range of employability skills and a world-view with cultural, social, economic and environmental sensitivity; helping you stand out in the labour market.

Geography is a highly desirable and valued subject, with strong links to many careers in a variety of different sectors; environmental engineering, climatology, human resources, town planning, ecology and many more.

You could also go on to study geography at university, specialising in whatever field of geography you’re particularly interested in – you could choose to continue to study geography as a whole, or opt to narrow your route towards a designated career, the choice is yours!

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

99.1% overall pass rate for A-Levels

(*Summer 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College for A-Levels?

We have a 100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects.

(*Summer 2019)

We offer the widest range of A-Level subjects in the region.

Our teaching staff are A-Level experts and specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds.

Our High Achievers programme supports gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by developing their skills and talents.

We have excellent pastoral and academic support from our dedicated sixth form staff.

We have an extensive enrichment programme and links with universities.