IB Geography

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
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What will you be working towards?

Code KNO3
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Geography is a dynamic subject that is firmly grounded in the real world and focuses on the interactions between individuals, societies and physical processes in both time and space.

The Diploma Programme Geography course integrates physical, environmental and human geography, and ensures that students acquire elements of both socio-economic and scientific methodologies. This helps students develop life skills and have an appreciation of, and a respect for, alternative approaches, viewpoints, and ideas.  

The aim of the Geography course is to enable students to:

  • develop an understanding of the dynamic interrelationships between people, places, spaces and the environment at different scales;  
  • develop a critical awareness and consider complex thinking in the context of the nexus of geographic issues, including:   • acquiring an in-depth understanding of how geographic issues or wicked problems have been shaped by powerful human and physical processes   • synthesising diverse geographic knowledge in order to form viewpoints about how these issues could be resolved; and 
  • understand and evaluate the need for planning and sustainable development through the management of resources at varying scales.  


Part 1:

  • Populations in transition
  • Disparities in wealth and development 
  • Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability 
  • Patterns in resource consumption 

Part 2: 

  • Hazards and disasters - risk assessment and response
  • Urban environment


  • Students have to complete one written report, based on a fieldwork question, information collection and analysis

How will it be delivered?

This course is assessed through a mixture of externally and internally assessed work:

External assessment: 

  • Paper 1 (Geographic Themes), 60 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes: 35%
  • Paper 2 (Global Change Perspectives), 50 marks, 1 hour 15 minutes: 25%
  • Paper 3 (Global Interactions Perspectives), 28 marks, 1 hour: 20%

Internal assessment: 

  • 20 hours fieldwork, written report, 25 marks: 20%

Entry requirements

Minimum of five 9-5 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths.

Your next steps...

See Careers Leader for more information.

Future courses & possible careers:

  • Town Planning
  • Hazard & Risk Management 
  • Market Research 
  • Architecture 
  • Transport Planner 
  • Tourism Officer