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Geography International Baccalaureate group 3 subject at Dane Court Grammar School

Course description

The geography course has been designed to develop the themes of world interdependence and the interrelationship between people, place and the environment. There is a global perspective to the core and option topics which geographers will be familiar with; however, there is no requirement to have studied geography at GCSE level, although this would obviously be beneficial. Geography is recognised as being able to give students a wide range of choices in a variety of different career fields. Any student with an interest in local and global issues, be they a physical event, such as lithospheric (tectonic) hazard, or a human orientated event, such the growth of the world's population, would be interested in this course. 

Course content

1. Core theme — population, resources and development (compulsory for both higher and standard level)

  • Populations in transition
  • Disparities in wealth and development 
  • Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability 
  • Patterns in resource consumption

2. Optional themes  (standard level select two; higher level select three):

  • Oceans and their coastal margins
  • Freshwater — issues and conflicts
  • Extreme environments
  • Hazards and disasters — risk assessment and response
  • Urban environments
  • The geography of food and health 

Global Interactions as the higher level extension paper (higher level only):

  • Measuring global interactions  
  • Changing space — the shrinking world
  • Economic interactions and flow  
  • Environmental change
  • Sociological exchanges
  • Political outcomes
  • Global interactions at the local level

Opportunities are given throughout the course to enable student learning through practical fieldwork, including a three day residential trip.  The higher level course consists of 220 hours of externally assessed taught theory and 20 hours of fieldwork based investigation; the standard level course consists of 130 hours of externally assessed taught theory and 20 hours of fieldwork based investigation. 

Entry requirements

General entry requirements:

International Baccalaureate Diploma:  6 B and 2 C grades at GCSE

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme:  3 B and 2 C grades at GCSE

Assessment

Higher level

External assessment (80%)

  • Paper I (1 In. 30 mins) — three questions on core; structured and extended.
  • Paper 2 (2 hrs) — questions on options; students answer three. (Questions on paper 2 are structured questions based on stimulus material with a choice of two questions on each theme from the options section) 
  • Paper 3 (1 hr) — higher level extension only — answer one from three essay questions

Internal assessment (to be externally moderated) — 2,500 word fieldwork report

 

Standard level

External assessment (75%) 

  • Paper 1 (1 hr 30 mins) — three questions on core structured and extended 
  • Paper 2 (1 hr 20 mins) — questions on options; students answer two (Questions on paper 2 are structured questions based on stimulus material with a choice of two questions on each theme from the options section) 

Internal assessment (to be externally moderated) — 2,500 word fieldwork report 

Further information

This course is offered as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, or as part of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme.

 

The International Baccalaureate Diploma

The IB Diploma is made up of six subject groups together with a core comprising of three parts. 

Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups.  Three of these subjects are studied at higher level and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level.  Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5.  However, instead of a group 6 subject, a candidate may select an additional subject from groups 2 to 4.

The three core requirements are the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action, service.

 

The International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme

The IB Career-Related Programme aims to provide a curriculum for students that will equip them for further education and also the world of work.  It combines the academic rigour and principles of the IB with well-established vocational qualifications and a unique ‘core’ course.

The IB Career-Related Programme is made up of:

A vocational course worth 2 A levels

Two IB subjects at standard level

A ‘core’ comprising:

·         Approaches to Learning

·         Reflective Project

·         Community in service

·         Basic language skills

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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