IB Geography Level 3

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What will you be working towards?

Code 113
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 complexity 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
    • synthesizing 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 one

  • Geophysical hazards
  • Urban environments
  • Extreme environments

Part two

  • Population distribution
  • Climate change
  • Global resource consumption and security

Part three

  • Power, places and networks
  • Human development and diversity
  • Global risks and resilience

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% of overall grade

Paper 2 (Global Change Perspectives), 50 marks, 1 hour 15 minutes – 25% of overall grade

Paper 3 (Global Interactions Perspectives), 28 marks, 1 hour - 20% of overall grade

Internal Assessment:

20 Hours field work, written report, 25 marks – 20% of overall grade

Entry requirements

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



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