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Geography - International Baccalaureate at Holmesdale School

Course description

Part 1: Optional themes. Containing seven total themes of which 3 will be studied. These could include: Freshwater issues and conflicts, Oceans and their coastal margins, Extreme environments, Hazards and disasters - risk assessment and response, leisure sport and tourism, the geography of food and health and Urban environments.

Part 2: Geographic Perspectives. Containing three core concepts to include population distribution - vulnerability and resilience and global resource consumption and security. These are core modules and will lay the foundation for all further study in the IB course.

Part 3: Global Interactions. Containing three core concepts to include power, places and networks, human development and diversity and global risks and resilience which is examined separately to the other units.

Fieldwork - Geographical investigation - where students complete an individual investigation including data collected in the field and can be related to any aspect of the specification content.


Entry requirements

The IB course requires no previous qualification in geography although the below is strongly recommended.

Grade 5+ in English Language to support the written demands of the subject and grade 5 in Geography and Maths.


Assessment is between exam and coursework internal assessment.

Paper 1: 2 hour 15 mins in duration containing Part 1 Optional Themes - 35% Weighting.

Paper 2: 1 hour 15 minsin duratoin containting Part 1 Core Themes - 25% Weighting.

Paper 3: 1 hour in duration containing a choice of extension essay questions - 20% weighting.

Internal Assessment:

2500 word report on any of the themes assessed by THS and externally moderated. 20% weighting. 


Future opportunities

If you specialise in Geography, you could find yourself doing a very wide range of careers. Put simply there is no such thing as a geography job but there are jobs that geographers do. Studying geography provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life long learning. There are career paths that are directly related to geography such as town and transport planning, chartered surveying,land and water management, sustainability, tourism and conservation. Other careers that use the transferable skills include information technology, administration and management and marketing or you could become a teacher with further qualifications.   

Further information

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Last updated date: 19 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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