• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyOCR


This course allows you to explore a range of natural landscapes includingglaciers, drylands and coasts. You will have the opportunity to explore a range of geographical debates such as the hazourdous earth, exploring oceans, the future of food, disease and dilemmas and climate change. You will complete an individual investigation developing skills in planning, collecting and analysing information and have the opportunity to experience regional and international fieldwork projects.

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

You will complete an individual investigation developing skills in planning, collecting and analysing information and have the opportunity to experience regional and international fieldwork projects.

Past students have visited the Lake District and Iceland as part of their studies.

September - June

Entry requirements

  • 5 or more GCSEs (not equivalents) including English and maths at grade 5 or above.

There are 3 examined units in June of Year 2:

  • Physical Systems: a question paper with 2 sections: Landscape Systems and Earth’s Life Support Systems, worth 22%
  • Human Interactions: a question paper with 2 sections: Changing Spaces; Making Places and Global Connections, worth 22%
  • Geographical Debates: Three sections to the exam where students answer questions on two topics, worth 36%

There is a non-examined independent investigation which may relate to any aspect of the specification. It is a written report worth 20% of your final grade and is marked by me, your teacher. You will complete your investigation in the summer term of Year 1 after developing investigation skills, training and practise through the first year topics.

This qualification will provide you with a range of transferable skills so that you can progress onto a range of our HE courses.

Past students have progressed onto our BSc (Hons) Estate Development and Management, BEng (Hons) Engineering, Fd/ BA (Hons) Social and Public Sector Development and BA (Hons) Education.

Some advanced level subjects, like geography, are called the ‘facilitating’ subjects because choosing them at advanced level leaves open a wide range of options for your university study. In geography you will develop a range of skills and understanding that will equip you for continuing to study any of the earth sciences such as geology, geography, oceanography, environmental science or a related subject such as architecture, finance, economics or marketing.

If you do not wish to continue to university you will use your skills and understanding from geography A Level to progress into vocational careers, for example apprenticeships in administration, banking and accountancy or more practical training in the armed forces.

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for university we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

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We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.