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Geography at Dereham Sixth Form College

Course description

The Geography course develops an understanding of the interrelationships between people and their environments, and of the opportunities, challenges
and constraints that face people in different places and environments. You will further enhance the skills learned at GCSE level through a range of different teaching techniques and fieldwork. 

Geography is sought after by employers and is very acceptable for entry in to higher education. It combines well with many subjects such as Maths, History and the
sciences. Occupations linked to Geography are far-reaching covering many areas of interest.
Our examination results have been consistently good at both AS and A2, reflecting the high quality of teaching within the department. You will undertake a variety of
local fieldtrips to support learning in the classroom and develop your understanding and skills required for success in examinations. During the AS course you will complete a river study in Norfolk and examine urban land use in Norwich. At the end of the AS year you will take part in a residential fieldwork based at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales. At A2 you will have an opportunity to visit the London Docklands and the Olympic site. We follow the AQA specification.


At AS, you will study core topics covering both Human and Physical Geography. In each area of study you will assess the values and attitudes of decision makers,
consider your own attitudes to the issues being studied and support your learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies.

Unit 1 - Physical and Human Geography:

  • Physical Geography
  • Rivers Management
  • Coastal Environments

Human Geography

  • Population Change
  • Food Supply Issues

Unit 2 - Geographical Skills:
You will be taught cartographic, investigative, graphical and ICT skills based upon data collected on a field trip to a local river.


At A2, you will continue to study a combination of Human and Physical Geography:
Unit 3 - Contemporary Geographical Issues:

  • Physical Geography
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Ecosystems

Human Geography

  • World Cities
  • Contemporary Conflicts

Unit 4 - Geographical Fieldwork Investigation:
This will develop the geographical skills you learnt in Unit 2 and will be based upon data collected from a residential field trip to Aberystwyth.

Entry requirements

A*-B in Geography GCSE.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 August 2014
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Key information

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