IGCSE Geography 2018-03-17T02:05:59+00:00

IGCSE Geography

Geography allows students to orientate themselves in the wider world. It shows how the physical structure of earth has come into being and assesses the degree of respect humans show in their interaction with this environment at different levels.

Geography allows students to think about and assess the impact of human societies in their localised physical environment. Linkage and integration of Human with Physical aspects of Geography are a fundamental learning feature of the course, drawing upon case examples and field study in Malaysia and neighboring countries, whilst striving to offer perspectives from all 7 continents. Student input from their home countries is therefore welcomed and encouraged throughout the course.

Methods and studies

It is a belief of the department that, whilst examination success is a priority, it is also important that students continue to enjoy and explore geography. In order to achieve examination success students are to be guided through:

  • Fieldwork methods;
  • Geographical data handling and analysis;
  • Geographical theory which forms the core of the course.

Students following core and extended level papers follow a range of studies :

  • Research projects;
  • Information posters and visual display;
  • Fieldwork;
  • Graph and data analysis;
  • Map reading;
  • Photograph interpretations;
  • Problem solving.

IGCSE Geography topics

The order in which the course is as follows:

Year 10:

  • Population and Migration.
  • The Natural Environment. (Plus residential fieldtrip)
  • Alternative to coursework and map skills.

Year 11:

  • Economic Development and Resources
  • Settlement
  • Revision programme and extra case studies.

Throughout the course students use a core textbook ‘The Wider World’ as well as a range of other resources. Past papers are incorporated into the course in order that students are familiar with the requirements of the final exam.

Assessment

All students are assessed through the following three papers:

  • a core themes paper
  • a map skills paper
  • an alternative to coursework paper

The papers are weighted as follows:

  • core themes paper 48%
  • map skills paper 26%
  • an alternative to coursework paper 26%

Grades available: A*-U

Core themes paper:

Students choose any 3 of the following questions:

  • 2 questions on Population & Settlement
  • 2 questions on Natural Environment
  • 2 questions on Economic Development & Resources

All of the questions are structured to include the use of case studies in the extended question.

Map work paper:

  • involves map skills based on a topographical map
  • interpreting data from a variety of sources

The content is based on the topics from the core themes paper. Students answer all questions.

Alternative to coursework paper

  • two compulsory questions
  • each is based on a coursework scenario.

Geography allows students to think about and assess the impact of human societies in their localised physical environment. Linkage and integration of Human with Physical aspects of Geography are a fundamental learning feature of the course, drawing upon case examples and field study in Malaysia and neighboring countries.

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