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Geography A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

It has been stated that Geography is the subject that holds the key to the future and with the current political focus on environmental management and sustainability it has never been more relevant. Geography is the study of a changing and interconnected world. There are many themes within this subject and because of this it is a varied and highly exciting field of study. Geographyacts as a bridge between the Humanities and Science subjects equipping students with highly derisible transferable skills. It tackles global issues and allows people to develop a greater understanding of the world around them. A Geographer will develop numeracy, literacy, communication, graphical and investigative skills.


Physical Geography - Weighting 40%, Written exam - 2 hours 30 minutes
Content: Water & carbon cycles
Coastal systems and landscapes
Human Geography - Weighting 40%, Written exam - 2 hours 30 minutes
Content: Global systems and governance
Changing places
Contemporary urban environments
Geographical Investigation - Weighting 20%, Individual investigation - Marked by teachers
Content: Investigation based on a geographical question relating to any area of the specification


Future opportunities

Geography is highly valued by Universities with many A level geographers gaining places on degree courses such as Law, Economics and Geology. However a large number of former Ferndown Geographers have gone on to study the subject itself at degree level. They have then embarked upon careers in an array of industry sectors including; Information Services, Business & Finance, Scientific Services, Environmental  Management, Administration and Education.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.