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Geography at Sleaford Joint Sixth form

Course description

Geography is offered at both schools across the Joint Sixth Form. We follow the AQA Specification which has a strong emphasis upon the study of contemporary issues, i.e. within the last 30 years. In particular, we look at the relationship of human populations to each other over space and time, and their relationship with their physical environment at a variety of scales from the local to the global. The Specification also encourages the acquisition of a broad range of skills, many of which will be useful in later life.

AS Topics
Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography (70% of AS, 35% of A Level) A 2 hour written examination with structured short and extended questions based on the study of four modules. Physical Geography

* Core: Rivers, floods and management

* Coastal environments or Cold Environments Human Geography

* Core: Population change

* Energy issues

Unit 2: Geographical Skills (30% of AS, 15% of A Level) A 1 hour written examination with structured skills and fieldwork questions. Skills include: investigative, cartographic, graphical, ICT and statistical skills. The geographical skills paper is based on the content of Unit 1 and includes fieldwork.

a2 TOpiCS

Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues (30% of A Level) A 2 hour 30 minutes written examination with structured short and extended questions, plus an essay based. This unit is based on study of at least three modules. Physical topics

* Plate tectonics and associated hazards

* Weather and climate and associated hazards (at Carre’s)

* Ecosystems (at St George’s) Human topic

* World cities

* Contemporary conflicts & challenges (at St George’s)

Unit 4: Geographical Issue Evaluation (20% of A Level) An advance information booklet is pre-released 2 months prior to the exam to facilitate candidates’ research into an area which extends from the specification content. The examination questions give candidates the opportunity to use their skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation and is 1 hour 30 minutes long.


At Carre’s there will be an opportunity for fieldwork in the form of a residential trip during Year 12 to study Rivers, Coasts or Glaciation. The Year 13 students currently look at the sustainable development of Cities with a trip to Sheffield. At St George’s our fieldwork is based on sand dune ecosystems at Gibraltar point and urban environments in Hull.

Future Options

Studying Geography A-level could lead to a variety of careers or further study due to the wide range of skills and topics studied. Common careers include accountancy, cartography, conservation, environmental and hazard management (e.g. flooding, forestry), law, management consultancy, meteorology, oceanography, teaching, town planning, traffic management. Most universities offer Geography or related subjects such as environmental studies, at a variety of grades.

Entry requirements

A grade B in Geography GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sleaford Joint Sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

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