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Geography IB Standard Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

The world in which we live is likely to change more
in the next 50 years than it has ever done before.
Geography explains why, and helps to prepare you for
those changes. Geography is a dynamic and rigorous
subject that is firmly grounded in the real world. The
transferable skills which Geography fosters are an
asset in the complex world of employment today.

Course content

Geography is distinctive in that it
occupies the middle ground between Social Sciences
and Natural Sciences. Geography takes advantage of
its position between both these groups of subjects
and students will develop an appreciation of, and
respect for, alternative approaches, viewpoints and
Part One requires Standard Level students to
study two themes entitled Geophysical Hazards,
as well as Leisure, Tourism and Sport. Higher Level
students must study these plus an extra unit called
the Geography of Food and Health.
Part Two requires both Standard and Higher
Level students to study a core theme entitled
Global Change, which covers population issues, the
challenges of climate change and sustainability, and
resource consumption .
Part Two (extension) is for Higher Level students
only, entitled Global Interactions. This unit has
a focus on the social, political, economic and
environmental issues facing the world today and in
the future, which fully prepares students for the 21st

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.
IB students take six subjects in total which consists of three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level. 
For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths, Chemistry and Physics only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths and Science. 
Further information about entry requirements can be found in our  prospectus or on the website. Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge.
If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas. For information can be found in our prospectus.
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The final mark is made
up of exams at the end of the two years and
Standard and Higher level students:
Part 1: Geographical Themes - two written essays
at SL; three written essays at HL.
Part 2: Geographical Perspectives - core Unit for
both SL/HL.
Coursework: An individual assignment (max 2500
words) based upon fieldwork.
Higher Level Students only:
Part 2 (extension): Geographical Interactions.

Future opportunities

You can of course choose to study Geography further, as many students do, and the IB Geography course offers strong support for this. However, the transferable skills developed throughout your study also equip you for a range of degree options.

It is often said that the breadth of Geography and the skills developed allow geographers to be some of the most employable people, with jobs ranging from emergency management, through climatology to environmental management. The list is never-ending!


Further information

What extra-curricular activities will there be?

Alongside the core fieldwork associated with the course, there may be an opportunity to take part in extension fieldwork to develop your wider geographical skills.

A Geographical Society, with the aim of developing a student-led committee to organise guest-speakers, debates and virtual discussions as well as social activities.

Wider geographical enrichment through attending university lectures and visiting geographical places of interest.

There is potential for running a visit to a foreign country to visit other IB schools.

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: 05 October 2018
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