The IGCSE Geography course will introduce you to the fascinating world of geography, covering study of the natural environment, people and their environments, and global issues.

Geography study rewards you with a body of useful knowledge and versatile and transferable skills, and can lead to a number of exciting career prospects, including environmental and transport consultancy, surveying, cartography, architecture and market research.

Course Overview

The IGCSE Geography course aims to engage you in the process and concepts of geography and enable you to use geographical skills, technologies, enquiry and analysis. You will also be able to apply your geography learning to the real world through fieldwork.

You will learn the relevance of geography study in a changing world and develop an appreciation of the differences and similarities between people's environments, societies and cultures. Geography study will also develop an appreciation of the importance of the location of places and environments, both locally and globally.

IGCSE Geography will also further your understanding of people's responsibilities as global citizens and the ways in which you can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive.

Course Content

The Geography IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in Geography (4GE0) Specification for examinations in June 2014 and later years.

The International GCSE in Geography requires you to undertake practical fieldwork, to develop your geographical enquiry skills. This practical element is mandatory, and these skills will be tested as part of the IGCSE exam.

For the IGCSE Geography qualification you will study a range of topics under four main headings.

The natural environment and people

You will study topics such as river environments, coastal environments and hazardous environments. Study of river environments will look at the hydrological cycle and physical characteristics of rivers and river basins, as well as the importance of water to people and their relationship with the environment. Under coastal environments you will look at the processes which create characteristic coastal landforms, the ecosystems and human interaction. Hazardous environments include looking at different types of hazard - climatic, tectonic etc) and their effect on people and how they cope.

People and their Environments

You will learn about economic activity and the factors which affect it, and how increased economic production creates a rising demand for energy and/or energy efficiency. You will also study ecosystems, systems of farming and the changing rural environment, and learn about urban environments and factors associated with increasing urbanisation.

Practical Geographical Enquiry

You will learn the skills needed for undertaking practical geography fieldwork, and will be encouraged to undertake your own fieldwork relating to a subject which interests you. The unit covers the pre-planning needed, the equipment and preparation required, how to collect the results, the presentation and analysis of the results, considering what these results could tell us and how to evaluate these results. A range of techniques will also be introduced which may be needed in the practical fieldwork, including map skills, photo interpretation and sketching skills.

Global Issues

You will learn about the fragile nature of environments and the concept of sustainability and look at topics such as deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and causes and consequences of global warming and pollution. Globalisation and migration will look at the rise and effects of the global economy, impacts of tourism and types and effects of migration. And you will learn about differences in development and human welfare, with reference to changing global patterns, population growth and political freedoms.

Payment Option
  • You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.
  • Standard Course Fee: £500/month for a combination of 5 courses that includes Geography.
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Entry Requirements

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our IGCSE Geography course. Every possible effort has been made to make this type of education as accessible as possible.

Assessment

Internal Assessment

Tutor marked test papers. (3 or 4).

IGCSE Exams

The single tier of entry will contain a variety of question types, such as multiple-choice questions, short and extended answer questions, graphical and data questions and fieldwork questions.

June 2014 Examinations Onwards

The final IGCSE exam consists of one 3 hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.

Paper 1 4GE0/01 -

The paper will be a question and answer booklet and students have to answer:

  • Two questions from a choice of three in Section A
  • Two questions from a choice of three in Section B
  • Two questions; one question from a choice of two related to Topics 1 to 3 and one question from a choice of two related to Topics 4 to 6 in Section C
  • One question from a choice of three in Section D.

The International GCSE in Geography requires you to undertake practical fieldwork, to develop your geographical enquiry skills. This practical element is mandatory, and these skills will be tested as part of the IGCSE exam.

Assessment Date

Exams take place in June

Study/Support Period

Period for study/support is 12 months. This is the maximum available time and it may be reduced, depending on time period between your registration and exam period. During this time, you will have full access to data and information relevant to your course. However, you will have to be on campus to access on line data and library resources.

Note

Attendance to lectures will be strictly monitored.

Future Prospects

Geography learning at all levels is a key attribute for a wide range of careers and can be useful in seeking employment now or in further geography study .
The IGCSE Geography can provide progression to GCE AS and Advanced GCE level, and other equivalent qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals in Travel and Tourism and land-based subjects.