What does the course involve?

An eye-opening study of the world, giving you an appreciation of everything from rainforests to volcanoes, and humans’ place within it. You’ll study Physical Geography, covering earthquakes, volcanoes, coasts, energy, floods, drought, climate change and hurricanes. You’ll also study Human Geography, covering globalisation, regeneration, sustainability, water insecurity and energy security. We also look at Superpowers in USA, North Korea, Russia, China and India, as well as migration and its impact.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Dynamic Landscapes:

  • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  • Coastal Systems
  • Processes and Change.

Unit 2: Dynamic Places:

  • Globalisation
  • Shaping Places

Unit 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability:

  • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Unit 4: Human Systems and Geopolitics:

  • Superpowers
  • Global Development and Connections

Unit 5: Coursework: Independent Investigation:

  • Students will research a geographical topic of their own choice

Examination – 80% (3 exams at the end of Year 2)
Coursework – 20% (Students will research a geographical topic of their own choice)


Exam Board

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, with at least two at grade 6, and Maths and English at grade 5.
It is recommended that students have a grade 6 GCSE in Geography.


Studying Geography can lead to employment opportunities across a wide range of sectors including business management, marketing, journalism, advertising, architecture, environmental conservation, research, town planning, government, the media and many more. You can choose to specialise and opt for a science degree for a career in environmental management for example, or an arts degree for a career in planning for example.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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