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Geography AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Geography is a subject for those students with an inquisitive mind, who search for answers in a constantly changing global environment.

  • students will be taught by highly specialised and skilled teachers. Students will: -Use geographical information, including qualitative/quantitative, primary/secondary, images, factual, text, discursive/creative material, digital, numerical and spatial data and innovative forms including crowd-sourced and ‘big data’.
  • Collect, analyse and interpret such information, understand and apply suitable analytical approaches for the different information types.
  • Undertake informed and critical questioning of data sources, analytical methodologies, data reporting and presentation, identify sources of error in data and the misuse of data.
  • Communicate and evaluate findings, draw well-evidenced conclusions informed by wider theory, and construct extended written argument about geographical matters.

Course content

  • A-level content includes physical and human themes plus geographical skills
  • Physical themes are Water & Carbon Cycles, Hazards and Coastal Systems
  • Human themes are Global Systems & Global Governance, Changing Places and Contemporary Urban Environments
  • These themes will also include Geographical Skills and fieldwork with a minimum of two fieldwork days at AS and four days for A-level. An individual investigation of fieldwork may be human, physical or integrated for A-level.

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.



  • Physical Geography examination (50%)
  • Human Geography examination (50%) 



  • Physical Geography examination (40%)
  • Human Geography examination (40%)
  • Geographical Investigation (20%)

Each of these examinations will include long and short type questions, assessment of knowledge of CoreThemes and People and the Environment. Integral to these questions will be quantitative and qualitative information, interpretation, critical questioning and the ability to apply knowledge and understanding in an extended written style.

Future opportunities

Geography is considered a facilitating subject by the ‘Russell Group’ universities. If you do not know what you want to study at university then it is a really good rule of thumb that taking subjects such as Geography will keep a wide range of degree courses open to you. Geography teaches some useful life skills, as it often requires you to work in groups, strengthening your teamwork skills, which are essential for the world of work. It also develops your analytical and mathematical skills, and makes you more knowledgeable about the world around you, including environmental issues.

Further information

Geography works well with a range of subjects including: Biology, other sciences, Mathematics, English subjects, Business, Economics, French, Sociology,Arts and PerformingArts.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.