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Geography (IB Higher & Standard Level) at Bexley Grammar School

Course description

Whilst applicants must be capable of undertaking the whole programme, the Geography element is straightforward and is comparable in standard to the A-level; grades were excellent last year. Candidates can opt to take the subject at Standard Level or Higher Level. The difference between the two Levels is the time spent on the subject and the amount of work undertaken. The higher level option does have an extension paper designed to stretch your abilities.

Course content

Part 1: Core theme – patterns and change

1. Populations in transition
2. Disparities in wealth and development
3. Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability
4. Patterns in resource consumption

Part 2:

1. Freshwater – issues and conflicts
2. Hazards and disasters
3. Urban environments

Part 3:

Higher level extension paper

• One fieldwork report of 2,500 words based on the trip to Dorset or Iceland.

Pupils who study Geography will be offered the following field trip opportunities:
• Day trip to the River Darent
• A four day residential trip to Dorset to study the Geography of the area. We will be staying in the Townsend Centre. This trip includes studies of Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the River Swanbrook; rural settlements and diversification. Staff and pupils work together to collect data throughout the day and enjoy a range of activities in the evening.
• Those pupils of a slightly more adventurous nature can opt to take part in overseas residential fieldwork. The past two years we have visited Iceland and studied glaciers, geysers, black basalt beaches. Visited Reykjavik seen the Northern Lights, Geothermal power stations and the Blue Lagoon.

In addition in Year 13 we carry out a London fieldwork day looking at gentrification, ethnic enclaves and urban sustainability.

Entry requirements

Any Year 11 student capable of meeting the entry requirements for A-level Geography is capable of undertaking the subject within the IB.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 October 2016
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