Geography IGCSE

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There are three key themes in IGCSE Geography. The three key themes are:
  1. Population and Settlement
  2. The natural environment
  3. Economic development and the use of resources.

For ease of teaching I have split the three themes into 12 individual topics. There are seven human and five physical topics. Even though I have divided the themes into human and physical topics, throughout the course we will examine the links between the human and physical world. The twelve topics are:

HUMAN TOPICS

PHYSICAL TOPICS

  1. IGCSE Settlements
  2. IGCSE Population
  3. IGCSE Migration
  4. IGCSE Tourism
  5. IGCSE Industry
  6. IGCSE Agriculture
  7. IGCSE Energy, Water and the Environment
  1. IGCSE Rivers
  2. IGCSE Coasts
  3. IGCSE Plate Tectonics
  4. IGCSE Weather, Climate and Ecosystems
  5. IGCSE Weathering
As well as the twelve topics above, you will also have to learn geographical skills (reading maps, describing graphs and photographs, etc.) that will be tested in all three external examinations, but particularly in paper 2. You will also have to learn how to write a piece of coursework, which will be tested in paper 4. Although, you don't specifically have to write a piece of coursework, you are required to know how to collect, manipulate, present, analyse and evaluate primary and secondary data.

IGCSE Skills (Paper 2)

IGCSE Coursework (Paper 4)

IGCSE and GCSE Geography Case Studies

IGCSE Geography Textbooks

IGCSE Websites

In summary IGCSE Geography is tested by three external examinations:

IGCSE Geography Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes (45% of final mark) - Knowledge and understanding of the twelve topics above.
IGCSE Geography Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes (27.5% of final mark) - Skills
IGCSE Geography Paper 4: 1 hour 30 minutes (27.5% of final mark) - Coursework knowledge

IGCSE Geography is an excellent course to choose. It is useful because it helps you understand the events and processes taking place in the world we live in and teaches you a wide variety of skills. Geography is unique in that it is a link between the social sciences (History, Business, Economics) and the hard sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry). Because of its position it teaches skills that can be used in the hard and social sciences and the course content often compliments other courses e.g. renewable energy in Physics, weathering in Chemistry, ecosystems in Biology, migration in History and industry, tourism and agriculture in Business and Economics.

Selecting Geography at IGCSE level means that you have a greater selection of subjects to choose from at IB level, because you have a broad skill base and solid cross-curricular knowledge.

IGCSE External Examinations