“ Geography gives an opportunity to really develop your “internationalism”. The IB Diploma course in Geography is divided into Higher and Standard Level. Higher Level and Standard Level students will study the core themes on population change, climate change and our use of food, energy and water resources.”
Geography gives an opportunity to really develop your 'internationalism'. Geography will develop your critical thinking skills and alongside the TOK course you will begin to question issues such as the politics behind map drawing and whether we should bother with environmental issues. You will leave the course with a strong sense of our international links and responsibilities which will be reinforced through your study of a foreign language.
Our department is recognised as a centre of excellence in GIS education, has won the RGS Ordnance Survey Award for Secondary Education, and a Pearson Silver Teaching Award. In 2016, the department was awarded the ‘Centre of Excellence’ status by the Geographical Association.
There are various optional units we select from. Standard level will complete two of these while Higher level students will complete three. These include river processes and management including managing flood risk; studying the hazards associated with earthquakes and volcanic events; understanding the changes affecting urban areas.
There is one coursework component for both Higher and Standard Level, which will be based around writing up the results of a field trip study. You will be able to apply your scientific method and mathematical skills in analysing fieldwork data.