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Geography A level at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

At Paston Sixth Form College the geography course is designed to capture the diversity in the subject and you will study a wide variety of topics and have the opportunity to undertake various local fieldwork investigations or even travel further abroad. Recent expeditions abroad have given Paston students a wide range of cultural experiences, as well as fostering a love for wild landscapes and environmental issues.  We hope these experiences will develop a love for adventure, in our students, that will continue into adulthood.

Course content

This course is focused on providing young people with the skills, knowledge and understanding to debate issues that are relevant to the 21st century. There are lots of opportunities to study issues that are highly contemporary, like then desperate migration of refugees from Africa into Europe or the impacts of climate change on ocean ecosystems. However, this is also combined with familiar and popular topics like volcanoes and earthquakes.

The course also integrates a number of practical fieldwork days. Students will learn how to apply geographical knowledge to real world situations, how to analyse and draw conclusions from data they have collected themselves. Geography students also become proficient in modern mapping techniques like GIS and visualisation techniques such as Google Earth.

Entry requirements

BBCCC at GCSE including English Language and either Mathematics or a science. Geography GCSE is not a prerequisite to the course but a minimum of a C grade is required for those that have the GCSE qualification.


  • Component 1: Physical systems (24%) 1 hour and 45 minutes written paper 
  • Component 2: Human Interactions (24%) 1 hour and 45 minutes written paper
  • Component 3: Geographical debates (32%) 2 ½ hour written exam
  • Component 4: Investigative Geography (20%) Coursework

Future opportunities

Geographers are highly valued in the work place as they are considered to be highly analytical with excellent research skills, great verbal and written communicators, they are well known for their ability to consider problems from a range of different people’s points-of-view, and they have super IT skills and are team players.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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