Full time course
The course is split into physical and human geography, with controlled assessment as the third element of the course. Study includes participation in a number of local field trips and the opportunity to attend residential field courses where appropriate.
What will I study?
Within Physical Geography, you will have the opportunity to study plate tectonics, rivers and coastal zones. For the Human Geography element of the course, you will study topics in urbanisation, population and migration. There will be a number of case studies related to these topics, focusing on particular physical or human environments, which you will need to use as part of your course assessments. Case studies range from local examples, such as Bristol City Centre and Burnham-on-Sea, to global examples, such as India, the Amazon Rainforest and Mount Etna.
What do I need to join?
You will normally be expected to have already obtained a GCSE grade 3 (grade D) in Geography.
How long is the course?
How will I learn?
You will learn through a mixture of group and independent research work within class as well as lectures on particular topics. There are also a number of local field trips during the course to support research and case studies.
How will I know how I am doing?
Tutors will work closely with you to ensure you reach your potential. The course is assessed by means of both examinations and coursework.
What can I do next?
GCSEs provide an excellent foundation to progress into both technical and academic pathways as well as being seen by employers as a key qualification for progressing in the workplace. After GCSEs, many of our students go on to study A Levels and Level 3 vocational programmes at SGS. Entry onto the GCSE Plus Programme will be assessed on an individual basis at an interview and all applicants will undertake initial assessments in English, maths and science.
Are there any extra costs?
Whilst there are no formal course costs, you will need to invest in a course text book.