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Geography A-level

This course will help increase your understanding of the world, and the people and places within it. You will find out about physical and human geography from our experienced staff. You will learn through a range of enjoyable and interesting activities and areas of study. You will be required to complete a residential field trip in the spring term of your first year.

This is a very broad discipline, developing a wide range of skills, and covers many contemporary issues such as the environment, energy, sustainability and fair trade.

This course can be studied as part of the Communications Pathway or Business Pathway.

What do I learn?
You will learn about the two areas of physical and human geography. This will increase your understanding of a wide range of environments and the world around you.

Your study will include the following:
• unit 1 - Changing physical environments
• unit 2 - Changing human environments
• unit 3 - Contemporary themes and research in Geography
• unit 4 - Sustainability. Fieldwork is an essential part of this course.

This involves a number of trips and visits and your study will include a residential trip.

You will learn through a range of enjoyable and interesting activities and areas of study. Your studying will be through a combination of coursework and timed assessments. You will take two exams, one of which is based on your fieldwork research.
What do I gain?
Your Geography AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. You will take part in field residential trip to help develop your skills and increase your subject understanding. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a tutorial, and they will help you set, review and achieve your targets.

There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education.

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.
What do I need?
Minimum six academic GCSEs at A*-C (4) including English Language and Maths but excluding PE, Dance, Catering i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will need:
GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature at grade 4 and GCSE Maths grade 4.
What do I gain?
You could progress on to higher level study in humanities or a relevant scientific degree, such as environmental sciences, or alternatively enter employment. Roles in employment would include working for companies like Thames Water, The Environment Agency or local government as a Cartographer, Environmental Consultant, Transport Planner or Town Planner.
What else do I need to know?
For more information on International entries, please contact international@activatelearning.ac.uk.

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2SFALVL11R Full-time Kings Road, Reading

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Fees

Start Date :

Monday 03 September 2018

End Date :

Wednesday 24 June 2020
2 Years 16 to 18 EU tuition fee:£‎40.00
19 to 23 Concession EU tuition fee:£‎40.00
24+ Loan EU tuition fee:£‎2,225.00
   

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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