Course Overview

Geography is the study of the world, and how and why changes are taking place within it.
Physical Geography includes studying earthquakes, volcanoes, coasts, energy, floods, drought, climate change and hurricanes.
Human Geography includes studying Globalisation, rebranding and redevelopment. We also look at Superpowers: USA, North Korea, Russia, China, India. Yes - we study Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un in Human Geography.

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 across a wide range of sectors including business management, marketing, journalism, advertising, architecture, environmental conservation, research, town planning, government, the media and many more.

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

Shannon Harewood-Malone

Shannon is now a Graduate Hydraulic Modeller after gaining a BSc (Hons) Geography Degree from Sheffield Hallam University and a Masters in Polar and Alpine Change from the University of Sheffield. In her new role Shannon uses computer programs and river systems to predict where flooding might occur and provide solutions for a range of clients across the UK.

Shannon thanks “the great staff who also put their all into lessons and developing me as a student to make my time at Cadbury so amazing. I’m super thankful to Ian Vogel and Julie Swinsco for their incredible support.”

Shannon Harewood-Malone

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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