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Geography at Dudley Sixth

Course description

This course will develop your understanding of physical and human geography, challenge your perceptions and stimulate your investigative and analytical skills. The course topics reflect key issues in the world today.

Course content

Unit 1 - Physical Geography

  • Water and carbon cycles: the dynamic and cyclical relationships associated with water and carbon
  • Hot desert environments and their margins: the characteristics of drylands occurring at all latitudes
  • Coastal systems and landscapes: how the interaction of winds, waves currents and sediments develop the dynamic environments of the coastal zone
  • Hazards: focuses on the lithosphere and the atmosphere which present hazards to human populations
  • Ecosystems under stress: focuses on the nature and functioning of ecosystems and their relationship with human activities
  • Cold environments: the distinctive physical processes and landscapes associated with cold environments and the challenges and opportunities they present for human development.
Unit 2 - Human Geography
  • Global systems and global governance: the process of globalisation and the governance of different parts of the planet including Antarctica
  • Places: the experience and characteristics of specific places and people’s engagement with them
  • Contemporary urban environments: focuses on how urban areas grow, change and why they present significant environmental and social challenges for human populations
  • Population and the environment: explores the relationship between population, economic development, the role of the natural environment and the population’s health and wellbeing
  • Resource security: the exploitation and development of unevenly distributed resources of water and energy.
Unit 3 and 4 - Geographical Investigation

You are required to undertake an independent fieldwork investigation in relation to processes in both physical and human geography. This will be assessed as a written fieldwork report. Your geographical skills in using statistical tests, maps, and presenting and interpreting data in a variety of graphical forms will also be developed.

Entry requirements

You will require a grade 4 in maths and grade 6 in English or a grade B in a humanities subject, in addition to the general entry requirements.


For the AS qualification: Two written examinations of 1.5 hours each (one Physical and one Human)

Some topics will be revisited for the A level qualification

For the A level qualification: Two written examinations of 2.5 hours each (one Physical and one Human) plus an individual fieldwork investigation report of between 3000 and 4000 words

Financial information

Studying at Dudley Sixth is free of charge, but if other costs are a barrier to you studying with us, we aim to help you to access financial support. Examples of support that could be available include:

Bursary fund

Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply for help with college related costs to the 16-18 Bursary Fund. More information about the 16-18 Bursary can be found at the website: or call 01384 363 555.

Care to Learn

Students aged under 20 needing help with childcare may be eligible for help with costs. More information is available from or call 0300 303 8610.

Free meals

The government has introduced a new scheme to provide free meals for eligible learners in Further Education. The purpose of this new scheme is to enable students who claim benefits or live with parents/guardians who claim benefits to access a healthy meal whilst at college without the cost becoming a burden. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Learner support fund

If you're 19 before you finish your studies then help is available through the Learner Support Fund (19+) which provides means-tested grants to help students aged 19+ with any additional costs of studying. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Free Bus Pass

If you are 16-18, and a student of Dudley Sixth, you will be eligible* for a free bus pass, as long as you live one mile away or further from where we are based, and are not already in receipt of other financial support.

*Students with disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help.

If you have costs other than those mentioned here, which make it difficult for you to start or complete a course, you should still apply for help.

Future opportunities

Higher education to study earth sciences, teaching or surveying. Employment with environmental agencies.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 February 2017
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