This course either builds on what you know from GCSE or allows you to pick the subject back up again; it is a nice mix of familiar ideas and new concepts and covers both human and physical modules.

It will help you to understand the world around you at a higher level and will get you thinking about global issues. It will also give you the skills and knowledge to go out into the world and make a positive difference.

You learn using a mixture of classroom-based learning, independent study and fieldwork.

The fieldwork helps you to learn case studies, see theory in reality and prepares you for your independent coursework that begins towards the end of your first year.


You will study the following topics:

  • Global governance
  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Changing places
  • Coasts
  • Independent coursework
  • Tectonics
  • Weather and climate
  • Development in an African context

As a minimum, you will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4
  • plus three more GCSEs at grade 4.

The course is assessed by coursework (worth 20%) and three exams (worth 80%). 

Geography is described as a facilitating subject as it combines science (Physical Geography) with humanity (Human Geography) and develops skills like statistics, map reading, interpreting graphs etc.

This means it allows you to pursue a wide range of paths from Medicine to Renewable Energy; Town Planning to Geology; Accounting to Teaching.

Is Geography a Science?

Due to the course focusing on both human and physical geography, Geography at Huish is considered both a Humanity and Science.

It is counted as a Science for university entry.