Course Overview

Geography is the study of the world, and how and why changes are taking place within it.

The subject encourages students to develop a deep understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes. It allows individuals to appreciate how places, environments and issues change and how people respond to these changes.

The course involves visits to areas of outstanding geographical interest including visits to Bournemouth, Wales, Brighton and the Lake District. There is also the opportunity to take part in an overseas trip. Past students have visited Southern Italy, Spain and Iceland.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4). 

GCSE English at grade 5.

A minimum G-Score of 5.2.

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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.
  • Climate Change Futures. 

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%
  • Coursework - 20% 

Coursework 20% Students will research a geographical topic of their own choice. 

Examination 80% 3 exams at the end of Year 13. 

Exam Board


Lydia Tavengwa

“Geography has helped me develop life skills. Whilst studying I have become more empathetic towards people”

Lydia Tavengwa

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 College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury 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 after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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