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Group Three IB Geography SL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

Course content:

All students study a core topic on population, development, environmental sustainability and resource consumption.  There are three option topics; freshwater, food and health and extreme environments.  Standard Level students will do two of these, while Higher Level students will study all three.  In addition to this Higher Level students will take an extension paper on global interactions.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.



There are three papers.  Paper 1 is the core paper which is a mixture of structured questions and an essay.  This is for both HL and SL students.  Paper 2 is the options paper.  Each option has a choice of questions, each with a mixture of structured questions and a short essay.  Paper 3 is an essay paper where students write two essays.

Future opportunities

Where will it lead?

Whether you enjoy learning about societies, environments, landscapes or locations around the world, you will find that the knowledge and skills that Geographers gain are highly regarded by employers. Geographers go into a wide variety of careers within a number of different sectors including environmental consultants, advertising executives, financial risk assessors, lawyers, surveyors, diplomats and television researchers.

Further information


The course expects a high level of student interest and motivation in the topics covered.

Students develop transferable skills such as analysing information, data collection, IT, communication, decision making and teamwork skills, based on the content and design of the course.  Much of this will be built upon on the fieldwork trip in Year 12.


Why do this subject?

A geographical education is an education for life. It develops enthusiasm and enjoyment in our environments, and improves our understanding of environmental and cultural challenges that face the world. The study of geography helps to create environmentally responsible citizens who are aware of the need to create sustainable development. A particularly wide range of skills relevant to employment is developed through the learning of geography and its stimulating use of contemporary issues and real world examples. In short, geographical knowledge is essential for the decision-makers of tomorrow, and a useful aid in understanding the changes and complexities of the 21st Century.

What the students say:

“I chose to do IB geography as it has always been of interest to me and is a relevant subject.

I prefer to do the IB as it allows me to take a wider range of subjects that will benefit my education, and in terms of geography I think it will link well into marine biology which I wish to study at Southampton University.” Bradley Richards, Year 12 Geographer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years