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Geography AS/A level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

The world in which we live is changing. Geography allows you to see why and how it is changing. Areas of study include such issues as tectonic processes and hazards; landscape systems, processes and change– including optional sub-topics from which students choose one from two: glaciated landscapes and change or coastal landscapes and change; the water cycle and water insecurity; the carbon cycle and energy security, climate change futures; superpowers and global development. You will also get the opportunity to undertake a personal investigation that will evaluate and reflect on fieldwork investigations.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at grade C or above, including Geography, English, Mathematics and Science.


There are four units for assessment. The first three units are formal examinations. Papers 1 and 2 are two hour exams that test candidates on some of the topics listed above. Paper 3 is an exam lasting one hour and forty-five minutes and is a synoptic assessment of geographical skills, knowledge and understanding. The final unit is the coursework investigation that is internally assessed and externally moderated. The coursework involves producing a written report of 3000–4000 words that incorporates fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data.

Future opportunities

Graduate jobs may include cartographer, disaster and logistics manager, environmental consultant, geographical information systems manager, remote sensing scientist, secondary school teacher, town planner, transportation planner, local government administrator, nature conservation officer, tourism officer, urban general practice surveyor, aid worker, travel writer.

Further information

Geography lessons will be taught on the main campus using specialist rooms. A wide range of textbooks and resources are used on the Geography course. Subscription to “Topic Eye” and the purchase of revision guides is encouraged.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years