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IGCSE Geography

Going Places – Geography aims to understand the world and stimulate an interest in places.

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Exam Board: Cambridge IGCSE

Geography

We hope to inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world and their values as well as their responsibilities to other people and to the environment. The content focuses on current issues in a complex and dynamic world.

A modern and engaging approach covers key ideas and debates such as climate change, globalisation, economic progress, urban regeneration and management of world resources. The focus of this course is an understanding of the changing nature of physical and human processes, and of how the physical/human interface needs to be managed in order to ensure human and environmental sustainability.

Students will learn to appreciate the differences and similarities between people, places and cultures, leading to an improved understanding of societies and economies.

The syllabus aims are to develop (in no order of priority):

  • an understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale
  • an awareness of the characteristics, distribution and processes affecting contrasting physical and human environments
  • an understanding of the ways in which people interact with each other and with their environment
  • an awareness of the contrasting opportunities and constraints presented by different environments
  • an appreciation of and concern for the environment
  • an appreciation of the earth including its people, places, landscapes, natural processes and phenomena.

Course Content

The Cambridge IGCSE syllabus is divided into three themes which have been designed to develop an understanding of both the natural and the human environment:

  1. Population and settlement
  2. The natural environment
  3. Economic development

Resources: Questions in all written papers are resource-based. The resources may be photographic, map extracts, satellite images, drawings, diagrams, graphs, text extracts, statistics and tables of data.

As an International GCSE, the units used in all resources and examinations will be metres and kilometres for height and distance, and degrees centigrade for temperature.

Case studies: The curriculum gives teachers the opportunity to select their own case studies to illustrate the content.

Where does it lead?

Geography is very versatile, developing skills that are relevant in a number of different careers or Higher Education courses, such as: interpretation, communication, becoming an effective and independent learner and a critical and reflective thinker with an enquiring mind.

Assessment

Paper 1
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Geographical Themes

Written paper, 1 hour 45 minutes, 75 marks.

Paper 2
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Geographical Skills

Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, 60 marks.

Paper 3
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Coursework

Centre-based assessment, 60 marks.

Candidates must complete one coursework assignment, set by teachers, of up to 2000 words.

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