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Geography at The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Course description

Are you interested in today’s world? Do you want to find out more about topical issues currently in the news - topics such as river flooding, coastal management, problems of rapid population growth and the environmental impact of energy production?

Then Geography is the subject for you!

This stimulating subject builds on knowledge gained at GCSE level. It combines well with a wide variety of other subjects – both arts and sciences.

Both the AS and A2 courses develop a range of skills providing a good basis for Higher Education and future employment.

Course content

2016 is an exciting time in A level Geography as we embark on the new syllabus. Geography will be following a linear course, with 6 units and a coursework project taught across the 2 years.

The topics we will be studying are:

Physical geography

  • Water and carbon cycle
  • Hazards
  • Coasts or deserts (tbc)

Human geography

  • Changing places
  • Global systems and governance
  • Resource security

More details will be available once the course is accredited by Ofqual.

In both years you will investigate geographical issues through a variety of teaching and learning styles ranging from independent research to group work and presentations.

You are encouraged to read widely around the topics and contribute to class discussions.

IT skills such as Internet research and data presentation will become an integral part of your work and we encourage you to make full use of the College facilities.

Fieldwork and visits

4 compulsory days of fieldwork are part of the new A level course. Day trips will be taking place in the local area, for example place studies in Farnborough and a river study of the River Blackwater.

Currently we run a residential fieldtrip in the second year of A level to Iceland; it is anticipated this will continue when we move to the new course. We also plan on using this as an opportunity to develop more residential trips, both in the UK and possibly beyond.


Entry requirements

  • Grade B in GCSE Geography
  • Grade B in Maths
  • Grade B in Double Sciences or Chemistry
  • Grade C in GCSE English Language


Exams: There will be 2 x 2.5 hour exams at the end of the second year:

  1. Physical Geography (40% of total mark)
  2. Human Geography (40% of total mark)

Plus there is a coursework component based on the topics which will contribute 20% of your total grade.

Future opportunities

The A level course includes a range of skills which are readily transferable to other subjects and Higher Education. Geography and associated subjects, including geology, oceanography, geophysical sciences, conservation management and forensic geography (to name but a few!) have proved to be popular choices for study at university.

Further information

What other subjects can I do with Geography?

Geography is considered both a humanities and a science subject and as such has a wide range of other subjects that complement it. Geography spans such a wide range of disciplines that it is difficult to find a subject that has some connection to it! The most popular choices of the students currently studying Geography are: 1. Maths 2. Biology 3. Psychology 4. Chemistry 5. Economics.

Students who wish to specialise in certain aspects of the subject at degree level should look carefully at the course requirements. For example, Earth Sciences may require Physics; for some courses Maths with Statistics may be an advantage.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Farnborough directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2016

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