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so i'm in the process of transferring to another college (currently in sixth form) for next year, and in the meeting i had today the person there said i would not be able to do a level geography as i didn't do the gcse (which i regret not doing). however the college i hope to go to the entry requirements say i don't need to have done gcse geography to do it at a level.

but they said i would be stupid taking a level geography as i haven't got the `foundation knowledge` of gcse geography even though i took it up till year 9 and really enjoyed doing it, and they would strongly recommend not doing it at a level, even though I KNOW i would be able to do it, i would even look back at my old textbooks and get a gcse textbook for it!

i'm also confused why they as don't know if they said this to put me off but i;m adamant i want to do it - but i'm sure you can do the a level without the gcse? is this right, or is the 6th form telling me wrongly?
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Depends on sixth form.
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My sixth form doesn't, but they needed fairly high entry requirements to get into the school sixth form in the first place, along with a B in English at least for Geography or an A in geography GCSE if taken.

i did geog gcse so...
It depends on sixth forms, but I know some people who didn't do GCSE Geography and did well in AS, since the information is pretty easy to pick up. But, a lot of it is based on GCSE Geography, as like 75% of my AS course was just relearning GCSE content .-.
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You would honestly be fine doing it without having the GCSE.
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(Original post by Peppercrunch)
My sixth form doesn't, but they needed fairly high entry requirements to get into the school sixth form in the first place, along with a B in English at least for Geography or an A in geography GCSE if taken.

i did geog gcse so...
It depends on sixth forms, but I know some people who didn't do GCSE Geography and did well in AS, since the information is pretty easy to pick up. But, a lot of it is based on GCSE Geography, as like 75% of my AS course was just relearning GCSE content .-.
that sounds v. similar to my sixth form regarding entry requirements, i've had a look for the entry requirements for my 6th form for next year and they are ridiculous... i'll see what the college say @ my interview regarding geography
do you think it would be worth getting a gcse geography textbook to get some background knowledge since i haven't done it since year 9 if i were to take it?
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that sounds v. similar to my sixth form regarding entry requirements, i've had a look for the entry requirements for my 6th form for next year and they are ridiculous... i'll see what the college say @ my interview regarding geography
do you think it would be worth getting a gcse geography textbook to get some background knowledge since i haven't done it since year 9 if i were to take it?
Nah, you don't need to get a GCSE textbook. The concepts are generally easy to learn. I recommend you look up in the prospectuses of your school and the college for what geog topics they'll do for the A level, and look them up.

I don't know what content the new A Level geography course needs as I'm on the old one.
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I personally did GCSE Geography and got an A and I've found A Level Geography (currently at A2) really quite easy to understand and simple! Quite a lot of AS builds on GCSE knowledge which makes it seem like GCSE would be helpful. However, one of my friends in my class didn't take it at GCSE and she's doing fine - she got a B at AS but finds A2 more difficult than me due to the essays... this is AQA by the way good luck! You'll be fine
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Nah, you don't need to get a GCSE textbook. The concepts are generally easy to learn. I recommend you look up in the prospectuses of your school and the college for what geog topics they'll do for the A level, and look them up.

I don't know what content the new A Level geography course needs as I'm on the old one.
thank you - i'll definitely look up the topics and see whats included
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I personally did GCSE Geography and got an A and I've found A Level Geography (currently at A2) really quite easy to understand and simple! Quite a lot of AS builds on GCSE knowledge which makes it seem like GCSE would be helpful. However, one of my friends in my class didn't take it at GCSE and she's doing fine - she got a B at AS but finds A2 more difficult than me due to the essays... this is AQA by the way good luck! You'll be fine
thanks! I probably would have taken geography, but I did history which I preferred, and would have done it but we had to do a foreign language as it was what the school specialised in so it was compulsory... so i think i'll ignore the fact the person told me it would be stupid to take it at a level without the gcse...Is it a heavy essay subject in AS would you say? personally, i think i'm more of an essay type person so i don't think that would matter too much.
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I would ask your new college again, to clarify whether you can do it or not. If the entry requirements don't specify GCSE Geography, then I think the person you spoke to probably told you wrongly. At my sixth form we were able to take A Level Geography without doing the GCSE, so it's definitely possible
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thanks! I probably would have taken geography, but I did history which I preferred, and would have done it but we had to do a foreign language as it was what the school specialised in so it was compulsory... so i think i'll ignore the fact the person told me it would be stupid to take it at a level without the gcse...Is it a heavy essay subject in AS would you say? personally, i think i'm more of an essay type person so i don't think that would matter too much.
Personally, I don't think that it's a heavy subject. There is a lot of stuff to learn, but the questions are always really simple and straightforward. If anything, I would say to give it a trail and you can always drop it if you are finding it too tough
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if you want to ba geography, half the unis doing it, will accept another social science like sociology, economics or history.
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