This course will develop your understanding of physical and human geography, challenge your perceptions and stimulate your investigative and analytical skills. The course topics reflect key issues in the world today.
You will require a grade 5 in maths and grade 6 in English or a humanities subject, in addition to the general entry requirements.
Unit 1 - Physical Geography
- Water and carbon cycles: the dynamic and cyclical
relationships associated with water and carbon
- Hot desert environments and their margins: the
characteristics of drylands occurring at all latitudes
- Coastal systems and landscapes: how the interaction of
winds, waves currents and sediments develop the
dynamic environments of the coastal zone
- Hazards: focuses on the lithosphere and the atmosphere
which present hazards to human populations
- Ecosystems under stress: focuses on the nature and
functioning of ecosystems and their relationship with
- Cold environments: the distinctive physical processes
and landscapes associated with cold environments and
the challenges and opportunities they present for
Unit 2 - Human Geography
- Global systems and global governance: the process of
globalisation and the governance of different parts of the
planet including Antarctica
- Places: the experience and characteristics of specific
places and people’s engagement with them
- Contemporary urban environments: focuses on how
urban areas grow, change and why they present
significant environmental and social challenges for
- Population and the environment: explores the relationship
between population, economic development, the role
of the natural environment and the population’s health
- Resource security: the exploitation and development of
unevenly distributed resources of water and energy.
Unit 3 and 4 - Geographical Investigation
You are required to undertake an independent fieldwork
investigation in relation to processes in both physical and
human geography. This will be assessed as a written
fieldwork report. Your geographical skills in using statistical
tests, maps, and presenting and interpreting data in a
variety of graphical forms will also be developed.
Written examinations and coursework.
Dudley Sixth provides textbooks and equipment for fieldwork. Compulsory attendance on fieldwork is required with a contribution from the learner (financial assistance may be available from Dudley Sixth).
Higher Education to study earth sciences, teaching or surveying. Employment with environmental agencies.