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Geography A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

During the Geography A Level you will explore the workings of the human and physical world’s and the interactions between them.

Course content

The physical paper consists of 3 sections- the water and carbon cycles, hot desert systems, and ecosystems under stress. You will be exploring how the water and carbon cycles operate in different environments including tropical rainforests and river basins, and you will be developing an understanding of the effects of these on human life. Hot desert systems will allow you to understand how physical processes lead to the formation of landscapes, and you will understand the opportunities and challenges these pose for people. Ecosystems will allow you to explore the impacts of nature on people and vice versa.

The human paper also consists of 3 sections- global governance, changing places and resource security. Global governance will explore the ways in which places across the world are linked, and how power is distributed unevenly between places. During changing places we will be examining how people’s experiences of places change with regard to people, food, arts and culture, and what the impacts of this are on people’s lives. Resource security explores the uneven distribution of resources such as water and oil across the world, the reasons for this and the conflicts that result from this.

Over the course you will carry out four days of fieldwork, one of which will form the basis for your examined investigation. You will choose the focus of your investigation which can come from any element of the course and write up your investigation in around 4000 words.

Entry requirements

You do not have to have studied GCSE Geography in order to study Geography at A Level as all elements of the course will be taught from scratch. However, you are expected to have an excellent work ethic as you will be required to complete independent study throughout the course.


  • 40% Physical Geography Paper
  • 40% Human Geography Paper
  • 20% Internally Assessed Fieldwork Investigation

Future opportunities

Geography is an excellent route into any higher education course due to the variety of skills that it develops and graduates with geography degrees are statistically more likely to find employment than graduates with any other degree.

There are many specific careers that are related to Geography including urban planning, meteorology, development agencies, government advice, risk analysis and conservationist. However, the skills that you develop in geography mean that you are considered a strong candidate for any job, even if it is not directly related to Geography. Many people I know who have gone on to become accountants, nurses and supermarket managers amongst other things have found their Geography A Level to be useful.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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    • Riverside School, opened in September 2013, is a popular and successful school serving the local community with the very highest standard of education to ensure “Excellence for All”.

      Joining the Southern Consortium in September 2017, Riverside Campus will be a new Sixth Form housed in a modern and exceptionally well resourced new school building. Facilities will be unrivalled. Expectations for sixth form students will mirror that of all Southern Consortium school sites. Excellent teaching and learning will be coupled with a wide range of enhancement activities to ensure that all students fulfil their academic potential and achieve their life goals. There will be plenty of opportunity for private study to ensure academic excellence is achieved in a supportive and caring environment, as well as opportunities to participate in highly effective aspirational programmes, with links to Russell Group Universities.

      This new school Sixth Form will have learning at the heart of everything, whilst celebrating diversity and ensuring respect for all its students in order to meet the high aspirations it has for all.

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      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.