Through the IGCSE Geography syllabus, students will develop a 'sense of place' by looking at the world around them on a local, regional and global scale. Students will examine a range of natural and man-made environments, and learn about some of the processes which affected their development. They will also look at the ways in which people interact with their environment and the opportunities and challenges an environment can present, thereby gaining a deeper insight into the different communities and cultures that exist around the world. The students will build on work started in Year 9.
Theme 1: Settlement – Coursework based on land use models and their application to a local context.
Theme 2: Plate tectonics; Weather, Climate and Natural Vegetation
Extra Map and Examination Skills
Theme 3: Economic Development and the use of Resources. To include Development, Tourism, Energy, Water, Food Production, Industrial systems and Environmental risks and benefits.
Paper 2 Mapping and Graphing Skills
Paper 1 (45% of total marks)Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Candidates answer any three questions out of six. There are two questions set on each of three themes. Questions are structured with gradients of difficulty and are resource-based, involving problem solving and free response writing. (75 marks, weighted to 100 marks)
Paper 2 (27.5% of total marks)Time: 1hour 30 minutes
Candidates answer all the questions. The paper is based on testing the interpretation and analysis of geographical information and on the application of graphical and other techniques as appropriate. The questions will not require specific information of place. One question is based on a 1:25 000 or 1:50 000 topographical map of a tropical area such as Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, the UK, Norway or Mauritius. (60 marks)
Coursework - Geographical enquiry (27.5%)
One school-based assignment of up to 2000 words. (60 marks). This is based on the settlement module, and looks at a transect from the Peak to Central to assess how well we can apply land-use models to Hong Kong.