Greensteds International School
Mar 24, 2018
Geography at IGCSE Level

Our IGCSE pupils are prepared for Cambridge International Examinations. This is a two year course studied during Year 10 and 11.
The IGCSE Geography Course covers a wide range of themes, and we use different scales of study to view issues from different perspectives. This ensures that students develop informed values and

attitudes, and an appreciation not only the natural world around them, but also of different societies and global interdependence. Geography makes us aware that we must think globally; there is much more going on in the world than the little pieces that we see day-to-day.
Who can do IGCSE Geography ?
The IGCSE Geography Course is suitable for those students with an interest in, and a certain aptitude for Geography, an enquiring mind and a concern for the future of the planet we all live upon.
What are the Main Elements of the Course ?
The main themes of the IGCSE Course are outlined below. The interrelationships between these themes are also key elements of the course.
1.    Population - population growth / change / distribution / structure, causes / consequences of overpopulation
2.    Settlement – patterns, spheres of influence, urban environments - land-use change / problems
3.    Natural Environments – tectonics, weathering, rivers, coasts, glaciation, wind action in deserts, weather, climate, natural vegetation
4.    Economic Development and Use of Resources – agriculture, industry, leisure and tourism, energy and water resources, resource conservation
5.    Geographical Skills – handling of a range of sources of geographical information, (maps, photographs, graphs, diagrams, satellite images etc.)
6.    Fieldwork – developing an understanding of a range of geographical fieldwork techniques, (through practical work whenever possible).
How is IGCSE Geography assessed ?
The course is assessed by three written exam papers and one computer based exam.  at the end of Year 11. These are:
Paper 1 : (1hr 45mins) – Knowledge and understanding of Themes 1-4, (45%).
Paper 2: (1hr 30mins) – Skills based, mainly Theme 5, (27.5%).
Paper 4: (1hr 45mins) – Fieldwork skills, mainly Theme 6, (27.5%).
Paper 5: (I hr 30 mins)-Field work skills , Theme 6
Between paper 4 & 5 the best mark is what is considered to account for the final grade
Is there any Fieldwork ?
The IGCSE Course includes two residential field trips (please click on the links to see more details):

Spectacular Fluvial Erosion – Hell’s Gate Gorge

Year 10 – Baringo (Environmental Issues)

Year 11 – IGCSE Fieldwork Skills Malewa (Rivers), Naivasha (Footpath Erosion), Nakuru (Settlement Studies)
The field trips not only give students first hand experience of the various topics studied, but also enables students to gain the essential fieldwork skills required for Paper 4.

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