Geography aims are to develop an understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale as well as an awareness of the characteristics, distribution and processes affecting contrasting physical and human environments. The subject also builds an understanding of the ways in which people interact with each other and with their environment and the contrasting opportunities and constraints presented by different environments. Students also develop a concern for the environment and the earth including its people, places, landscapes, natural processes and phenomena.
What is Geography?
The Geography syllabus is divided into three themes which have been designed to develop an understanding of both the natural and the human environment:
- Population and settlement
- The natural environment
- Economic development
These areas are studied through an understanding of theories and case studies of specific areas and issues so that students have an awareness of real life examples. To support their studies, they also learn fieldwork skill and how to conduct research, gather evidence and analyse data.
What will I study?
The Geography IGCSE looks at population dynamics in over and under populated countries and in places with high and low population growth. It examines migration, population growth and structure and the nature and needs of settlements. Looking at the natural world the course covers volcanoes and earthquakes, rivers, coasts, weather, climate and natural vegetation. There is also a section on development and the practical consequences on food production, industry, tourism. Energy supply and water.
What will I gain from studying the subject?
You will gain a very good insight into the physical systems that make Earth work and the threats to this. You will also gain an understanding of the nature of human settlement and the issues related to this. You will also build the skills of a geographer and learn how to plan, conduct and analyse your research.
How is it assessed?
|1||Geographical Themes||45%||External Exam: 1 hour and 45 mins|
|2||Geographical Skills||27.5%||External Exam: 1 hour and 30 mins|
|3||Alternative to Coursework||27.5%||External Exam: 1 hour and 30 mins|
Exam Board: CIE
What do I need?
You need an interest in the natural world and man’s role within it and an ability to apply ideas and theories to specific real world examples and case studies.
Is Geography harder than other subjects?
No. However there is a lot to learn and you will need to be able to write clearly and understand a broad range of information.