In Lower Fourth to Lower Fifth we follow the UK National Curriculum for KS3 Geography. This provides the necessary framework to go on to study the subject at IGCSE level.
The Syllabus is broken down:
|Year 7 – Lower 4
|Year 8 – Upper 4
|Year 9 - Lower 5
|What is Geography?
||Rivers, Coasts and Glaciation
|Ordnance Survey Maps
||Key Skills: Maps and Diagrams
|Weather and Climate
||China-the Emerging Nation
|Kenya and Africa
||India and Asia
||Resources and the Environment
||Key Skills: Enquiries
Geography has proved a popular option recently and so numbers opting to study IGCSE Geography have been very good, necessitating Geography being available in all three option blocks in both Middle and Upper Fifth. Despite this set sizes remain relatively small usually ranging from seven to 15 students.
We follow the Edexcel IGCSE syllabus and have done so since 2009. It has the advantage of being assessed by one single terminal examination, with no formal coursework or ‘controlled assessment’ requirements. That does not mean that no fieldwork is carried out. We do give fieldwork experiences in a range of coasts and urban topics that are examined in the examination in the Practical Geographical Enquiry section.
The syllabus is wide ranging and is excellent preparation to go on to study IB Geography.
The IGCSE syllabus comprises of five topics:
- Coastal Environments
- Hazardous Environments
- Economic Activity and Energy
- Urban Environments
- Globalisation and Migration
IB Geography is offered at Higher and Standard Level in the Sixth Form. Although a popular option in Group 3 (Humanities) sets, the sets are relatively small ranging from eight to 16 in recent years. Differentiation between Higher and Standard Level is mainly by a broader syllabus at HL. Geography can be taken as a ‘stand alone’ subject where students can successfully study, without any prior formal Geographical teaching.
The syllabus comprises of three elements:
Core Syllabus (HL/SL):
- Populations in Transition
- Disparities in Wealth and Development
- Patterns in Environmental Quality and Sustainability
- Patterns in Resource Consumption
Optional Themes (HL 3 topics/SL 2 topics):
- Oceans and their Coastal Margins
- Urban environments
- Hazards and disasters—risk assessment and response
- Higher Level Extension – Global Interactions
In recent years we have made two successful geographical study trips to Iceland with IGCSE and IB students and we envisage another in the not too distant future.