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Geography A-level

Combine the study of physical, human and environmental geography with topics such as extreme weather, climate change, the food supply problem, cultural diversity and the technological fix.

A-level Geography focuses on the differing values attitudes and perceptions of a range of people and encourages you to develop skills of analysis and evaluation.

What do I learn?
Develop your knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts while picking up valuable life-skills. We use a variety of local, national and international case studies to show theory in practice and solidify concepts. Be creative and think outside the box. Your opinions are important and this subject needs them!

You follow the WJEC specification.

First Year (AS)
• Unit G1: Changing Physical Environments
Climate change, hydrology, plate tectonics and fieldwork (based on flooding).
• Unit G2: Changing Human Environments
Population dynamics, settlements in more economically developed countries and fieldwork.

Second Year (A2)
• Unit G3: Contemporary Geography Themes and Research
Extreme environments, development and independent research.
• Unit G4: Sustainability
Food, water, energy and cities.

You learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance between challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there is a strong focus on your individual learning needs.

Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.

Formal assessment is through examinations and, in some subjects, through coursework. The examination periods are in May/June. There are a range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress.
What do I gain?
You develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills.

You also improve wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you benefit from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.
What do I need?
All A-level students must have six C grades in academic subjects at GCSE, including English and maths, at grade 5 but excluding PE, Dance, IT i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you also need GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature at grade 5 and GCSE Mathematics at grade 5.
What do I gain?
Geography is a good subject to compliment humanities subjects like history, social science subjects like sociology and science subjects like chemistry, biology and physics. Geography students acquire a wide range of skills which are useful in both higher education and the world of work.
What else do I need to know?
Course books:

“Integrated Geography” by David Waugh (Nelson 3rd edition)
(A very comprehensive standard textbook for both AS and A2 Geography)
“WJEC AS Geography: Unit G1: Changing Physical Environments Student Unit Guide” by (Philip Allan Updates)
“WJEC AS Geography: Unit G2: Changing Human Environments Student Unit Guide” by David Burtenshaw & Sue Warn (Philip Allan Updates)

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OXALM02D0 Part-time Oxford City Centre

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Start Date :

Monday 10 September 2018

End Date :

Sunday 21 June 2020
2 Years
   

Please note – Fees may be subject to change

 

case study

Chinese student Qi Wang (known as Emma) was living in Australia when she decided that a UK education would help her towards her future career. 
 
Having done her research, Emma realised that the UK education system was more rigorous academically and a better fit for her future ambition of studying maths or statistics at the University of Cambridge. She is now studying the Science A-levels Pathway (Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths) at Reading College, part of Activate Learning.  
 
Emma found out about Reading College through her agent. She was impressed by the list of universities that previous students had gone to, such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, combined with the lively atmosphere and the excellent transport links to London and Heathrow Airport.
 
Emma said: “My teachers are really knowledgeable and helpful, especially my tutor Anna. They are very organised, too. We do lots of mock exams, which is helpful. I ask a lot of extra questions after class and they are always very patient and help me.”
 
“The A-level managers and staff helped me to apply to the UCL summer schools and advised me about how best to write my statements – I got a place! The library staff are also really helpful. I like the quiet study room and spend quite a bit of time there when I am not in lessons.”
 
During her time at Reading College, Emma has also got involved with the Students’ Union and volunteered at open events. She said: “I had the opportunity to talk to lots of different people, which I enjoy. It helps me with my English, as well as learning more about British culture.” 
 
She also won several awards at the A-level Star Awards, including the Further Maths and Physics Awards. Her Physics tutor said: “Emma's thirst for knowledge, her self-motivation to improve and achieve her maximum potential and her work ethics are outstanding. Emma achieved a Silver Award on the AS Physics Olympiad Challenge. Just two marks off a Gold!” Emma also won an award for ‘biggest contribution to college life’.
 
Coming to live and study in England away from her parents has helped Emma become more independent, preparing her for life at university. She lives with a host family who are very friendly. She has learnt to do things like open a bank account and learnt about British culture and everyday life.
 
Emma said: “I would recommend Reading College. Living in an English environment and meeting English people every day is far better than being at a language school. If you want to come abroad to study, an Activate Learning college will give you more opportunities to improve your English.”
 
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