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Geography IB at Impington Village College

Course description

In contemporary society issues such as urbanisation, population, development and environmental quality are increasingly important. These and other related themes that express the major concerns of our times reflect the consequences of spatial decisions. Conducting its analyses at the local, regional, national and international scales, geography examines the spatial processes and the perceptions of humans, as well as their inter-relations between the human and natural environments. The questions where and why are central to geography. The former introduces the issues of location and of spatial choice; and the latter signifies that modern geography is not content merely to describe but that it also seeks to explain.

Geography is at the interface of the humanities and the sciences; it is a social science that examines the manner in which people live, are distributed, and interact with their environment. It also has an applied dimension through the critical evaluation of spatial processes. It helps decision-makers in planning and development at a variety of geographical scales. It also plays a crucial role in fostering international understanding and a respect for different cultures.

Work Methods

You will be expected to use a range of learning techniques throughout the course. At times you will be expected to present papers to others in the group or defend a viewpoint in a debate. You will work in a group to make decisions over a range of planning issues, collect data both in the field and from secondary sources and write essays and reports. The most important thing is that you take part in all activities. However, it is also vitally important that you use the wealth of resources held in the library to supplement classwork. Your teacher will provide reading lists but you should also endeavour to follow up other leads.

Course content



1. Population in transition

2. Disparities in wealth

3. Patterns of environmental quality and sustainability

4. Patterns of resource consumption.

[70 hours]




1. Freshwater - issues and conflicts.

2. Oceans and their coastal margins.

3. Hazards and disasters- risk assessment and response

[90 hours]




1. Global interactions

2. A shrinking world

3. Economic interactions

4. Environmental change

5. Sociological exchange

6. Political outcomes

7. Global interactions at the local level.

Entry requirements

The geography course requires no specific prior learning. No particular background in terms of specific subjects studied for national or international qualifications is expected or required. The skills needed for the geography course are developed within the context of the course itself.

For the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), a student should be a general all-round student, with at least 7 6-grades or higher at GCSE or level 2 equivalent and have a 6 grade or more in the subject s/he wishes to take at IB diploma higher level or as IB single-subject certificate.





Paper 1 - HL -25%/ SL 40% (core themes ALL levels)


Paper 2 - 35% (HL three optional themes / SL two optional themes)


Paper 3 - 20% (Higher only)


Internal Assessment - HL -20% / SL 25%

Future opportunities

Geography is distinctive in that it occupies the middle ground between social sciences and natural sciences. The Diploma Programme geography course integrates both physical and human geography, and ensures that students acquire elements of both scientific and socio - economic methodologies. Geography takes advantage of its position between both these groups of subjects to examine relevant concepts and ideas from a wide variety of disciplines. This helps students develop an appreciation of, and a respect for, alternative approaches, viewpoints and ideas.

Further information

There is a field trip to Iceland.

For more information about choosing courses at Impington International Sixth Form please see Choosing your IB Programme or contact the sixth form


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: 27 June 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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    • Impington International College is unusual, to say the least, and is possibly unique amongst state education providers. The chance for young people from all over the world to work and socialise together gives tremendous opportunities for broadening cultural horizons, increasing understanding and challenging preconceptions. Impington International College offers a wide range of courses and programmes: BTECs and, since 1991, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), followed recently by the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP). At the heart of all of our provision is the IB mission statement, which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We actively encourage our students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. We have a good balance between overseas and UK students who come here to take the IBDP & IBCP and those who follow the BTEC route and others who are attracted by Impington’ s superb reputation in the area of Performance. We want outstanding achievement for all our students no matter what path they choose to follow. Our tutorial system and small class sizes ensure lots of individual attention but we encourage students to be independent and think for themselves. Our alumni are welcomed everywhere from Cambridge or St Andrew’s Universities, to The Place and Italia Conti; from Maastricht or Japan to UCAL. If you are prepared to challenge yourself to the full and if the opportunity to learn in an international environment motivates you, Impington International College will be the right place to prepare you for the next stage of your life.