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Geography IB at Bridgwater College

Course description

This Group 3 Humanities course is aimed at students who are interested in the environment and world issues. You do not need to have a GCSE in Geography but a concern for the future of our planet and curiosity about the processes that have produced the varying environments around the world. This course will cover physical and human geography to develop a broad understanding of the relationship between people and their environment. Geography is available at both Higher level and Standard level.

Course content

At Standard level, you will study the core topic ofPopulations in Transition and Disparities in Wealth and Development. You will also study two of the optional topics from:

  • Extreme Environments: cold environments and hot deserts
  • Hazards and Disasters: earthquakes, volcanoes and mass movement
  • Oceans and their Coastal Margins: oceans and coastal zones

At Higher level, you will study all three topics listed above but you also cover some extension subjects. These include:

  • Globalisation
  • Global economic interactions
  • Global labour flows
  • Environmental change

Entry requirements

You do not need to have a GCSE in Geography to do this course. Apart from the six GCSEs at grade C or above, you just need to have an interest in environmental issues on the local and world scale.


Paper 1: The Core

A 1½ hour paper in which students answer two structured questions on the core topic and an extended response question - Standard level: 40%; Higher level: 25%

Paper 2: Optional Themes

A 2 hour paper in which students answer three structured questions on the optional themes - Standard level: 35%

  • Higher Level: 35%
Paper 3: Higher Level Extensions

A 1 hour paper on the extension topic of Global Interactions. Students answer one essay question from a choice of three - Higher level: 20%


You are also required to undertake one fieldwork investigation related to one theme in the course and to prepare a 2,500 word report. This will be assessed by college staff but will be externally moderated by the IB organisation.

  • Standard level: 25%
  • Higher level: 20%

Future opportunities

This course is an ideal preparation for the study of a wide range of subjects at university including Geography, Environmental Studies, Oceanography, Geology, Architecture, Town Planning and Surveying. Others will find the skills they acquire on this course very useful when applying for other HE courses or employment. In fact, the study of Geography offers something of relevance to most careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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