Maybe you are at school studying for your GCSEs or A Levels in Geography. Maybe you are an adult looking for options for professional development. Maybe you just have an interest in the planet, its people, and all the things in the world around us.
Whatever sort of person you are, and whatever level of geography you are starting with, we’ve compiled a list of the best options for studying the subject in London. Here you will find opportunities for private tuition, for group courses, for evening classes, and for revision sessions. You’ll even find some options for undergraduate and postgraduate study at the most prestigious universities in the world, alongside opportunities to enhance your geography skills online.
Take a look. In any of these geography courses, you’ll find the means to boost your employability or gain admission to university, and you will certainly find the opportunity to develop the analytical and theoretical tools you need for interpreting and thinking about what is going on the world.
MPW is a group of independent schools in the UK with colleges in London, Birmingham, and Cambridge. Whilst it does function as a proper secondary school with students attending every day, it has a reputation for its programme of revision courses – open to all – that take place over Easter. Over fifteen hundred A Level and GCSE students attend these classes annually, in the school in Kensington. They also offer one-to-one tuition in the evenings, weekends, and holidays.
The geography course is a popular one, and the discipline is offered at GCSE, AS, and A Level. You will focus, in the revision classes, on everything in the curriculum across the core human and physical geography modules.
Maybe this map of London won’t be so helpful for your geography class!
The City and Islington College is a further education college in London that has built itself a reputation for excellence. Whilst they offer the classic A Level curriculum and structure, they also have a wide range of different adult courses and learning opportunities for people at every level. The College provides an A Level in Geography as well as other relevant interdisciplinary qualifications in and around the subject.
There are funding opportunities for adults too, so if you are looking to build credit hours for professional development or you are hoping to attend university later on in life, the City and Islington College might be for you.
If you are interested in more personalised learning, suited to your pace and style, Superprof is the best place to look. With over 130 reliable, expert tutors in the London area, you can have exceptional-quality geography lessons in your home for an average price of £23 per hour.
Superprof provides a platform that connects students to qualified tutors ready to offer their expertise. The great thing about Superprof is that it gives you the opportunity to enjoy geography tuition online or in person – for whichever exam, course, or topic you require. With London offering such a wide array of learning pathways and structures, Superprof is the easiest, fastest, and most convenient way to find the tutor that you need.
Whilst classes can provide a specific type of education, at a fixed pace and level, private tuition through Superprof offers learning designed precisely for you. And if the person you need to teach you isn’t in London, fear not! Superprof hosts tutors in over a thousand subjects around the world.
You may well be the sort of geography aficionado who is no longer in school or university and actually has a full-time job. You may well think that you will have no options to learn. But, luckily, you live in London, where anything is possible. Birkbeck College – part of the University of London – offers evening classes in Geography.
The College’s introductory Certificate of Higher Education in Geography runs two nights a week, sometimes with Saturdays, and it is designed for people intending to progress to university level Geography courses. In particular, it is aimed at those students without formal qualifications or are returning to study after a long break. After its completion, you can do almost anything you want!
Study geography in a perfect case study of a global city, London.
The UK’s most prestigious, and pioneering, institution for distance learning is the Open University, famous for the opportunities it gives in flexible part-time study and adult education. It offers a number of geography courses – an undergraduate degree in Geography and Environmental Science, one in Environmental Studies, and a handful of relevant diplomas – that you can study from anywhere in the country. They offer an impressive array of courses for the postgraduate student too.
So, if you are intrigued by sustainability, social science, and other geographic knowledge, but you have the lifestyle that requires supreme flexibility, a course at the Open University might be perfect for you.
You might not immediately picture yourself as a geographer or a geography teacher, and that’s okay. But as you are living in London and you are clearly a little interested in the subject (otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this!), you may as well join the masters of geography – if only for a night – at one of the most important academic bodies in the country.
A couple of times a week, the Royal Geographical Society holds public talks – either a lecture or a seminar – as well as workshops, social evenings, and interactive exhibitions. It is the association for alumni with expertise in their respective fields – and the topics covered range from sociology and economics to meteorology, regional geography, and geomorphology. There are societies like this across the country, and you can find details one, for example, on our article about geography opportunities in Manchester.
If you are unsure whether you want to commit to a course studying cultural geography, cartography, or landscape for three or four years – or if you are not yet sure about the prospect of applying for the humanities or a social science at university – start at one of the RGS free events and be inspired!
IntoUniversity is an organisation that seeks, throughout the academic year, to inspire and train lower-income and disadvantaged children to attend university or other career paths of their choice. The staff of this innovative and important organisation encourage kids to achieve their aspirations, provide guidance on career options, academic funding, and internships, and offer academic assistance in the classroom. They can help you to apply to university and find an employer too.
PMT Courses is affiliated with IntoUniversity, and it aims to provide revision classes – in mathematics and sciences, as well is in geography – to young people studying for their school examinations. For those who can’t afford the cost of the teaching, bursaries are offered to ensure that the teaching reaches as many people as possible. The classes take place in Imperial College, central London.
You can find IntoUniversity active across the country, and we cover it again in our piece on the means to study geography in Leeds.
For teachers looking to enhance their geographical knowledge, the Geographical Association offers training days across the country for professional development. With modules on fieldwork, exam skills, to every other aspect of the school geography syllabus, the Geographical Association provides you with everything you need to be the best educator you can be.
London has some of the best universities in the world, and the diverse choice that they offer applies to geography too. University College London, King’s College, and the London School of Economics – some of the institutions scoring highest in the world university rankings – all have world-class undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with the opportunity to pursue a PhD or doctoral research afterwards.
If you are a budding applicant to a university degree in geography, check out the degree requirements for each of the institutions. Also, before choosing an institution, have a look to see if they offer a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science, as the focus of the courses will change considerably: geography is a multifarious discipline which ranges from the topics of migration and urban studies in human geography to physical science of the planet. All of the universities in London are highly competitive and academically challenging – but be ambitious and you will succeed!
By the way, if you are a prospective international student, have a look at the requirements regarding visas and tuition fees before applying.
Oh, and, geography aside, London is a beautiful city too!
Whatever approach you choose to take in geography, make sure that the course you take is tailored to your needs. Good luck!
If you want information on learning in different cities across the country, including geography courses in Glasgow, for example, have a look through our site!