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Geography International Baccalaureate at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

  • The International dimension of the IB programme sits very well with the global nature of contemporary geography. It describes and helps to explain the similarities and differences between spaces and places on a variety of scales and from a range of perspectives.
  • As a Group 3 subject it is distinctive as it has both a scientific (physical geography) and socio – economic (human) methodology. This helps students develop an appreciation of, and respect for alternative approaches, viewpoints and ideas.
  • The aim of the IB programme is to develop students who recognise their shared guardianship of the planet and can help to create a more peaceful world; as is evident in the course’s issues of poverty, sustainability and climate change.
  • There is one compulsory fieldwork investigation that is worth 25 per cent of the Standard Level course. (20 per cent of HL)

Course content

At Standard Level the four core themes are: Population, Development, Environmental and Resource patterns.

The seven optional themes are:

  • Freshwater
  • Oceans
  • Hazards
  • Extreme environments
  • Tourism
  • Food and Health
  • Cities.


At Higher Level there are a further seven compulsory topics.

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study geography should preferably have a grade A or A* in GCSE geography to be confident of success but certainly no less than grade B. There is no pre-requisite to have studied geography at GCSE, but in this case you will need to have at least grade 6 in both GCSE mathematics and GCSE English.

Future opportunities

Geography students progress to a diverse range of courses including: economics, business and management, global sustainability, geography, geology, geophysics, land management, architecture, town planning, transport management, tourism, meteorology, earth science, environmental science, oceanography.

Energy and petrochemical companies, public services and international humanitarian organisations are large employers of geographers. Other careers include teaching, cartography, journalism and broadcasting.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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