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Year 9 Options » Geography


Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code  0460
Entry Requirements


The course aims to support students in the development of:

  • a sense of place and understanding of relative location on a local, regional and global scale
  • An awareness of the characteristics and distribution of a selection of contrasting physical and human environments.
  • an understanding of some of the processes affecting the development of such environments
  • an understanding of the spatial effects of the ways in which people interact with each other and their environments
  • an understanding of different communities and cultures throughout the world and an awareness of the contrasting
  • An understanding of different communities and cultures throughout the world and an awareness of the contrasting opportunities and constraints presented by different environments.

Course Content

In Year 10 students cover the following topics:

  • Population Dynamics
  • Types of Settlements
  • Structure, Landforms and Landscape processes
  • Weather, Climate and Natural vegetation

The Year 11 students then proceed to cover the following topics;

  • Agricultural systems
  • Industrial systems
  • Leisure activities and tourism
  • Energy and water resources
  • Environmental risks and benefits
  • Resource conservation and management
  • The inter-relationship of physical and human geography

Environmental risks and benefits, Resource Conservation and Management; and The inter-relationship of physical and human geography are covered alongside each topic as and when relevant to the curriculum.

For each topic students are encouraged to cover specific case studies as they are expected to show their understanding of various themes covered by reference to appropriate contexts.


All candidates take the following examinations:

Paper 1:               Candidates answer any three questions out of six. Questions are structured with gradients of difficulty and are resource-based, involving problem solving and free response writing. 1h 45 minutes (45% of total marks)

Paper 2:               This paper is based on testing the interpretation and analysis of geographical information and on the application of graphical and other techniques as appropriate.  1h 30 minutes (27.5% of total marks)

Paper 4:               Alternative to Coursework.

The questions in this examination involve an appreciation of a range of techniques used in fieldwork studies.  1h 30 minutes (27.5% of total marks)

Careers and Progression

From IGCSE studies students could opt for A-Level Geography studies. These could lead to further studies at university level or into specialist training for such jobs as Urban planner, Quantity Surveyor, Cartographer, GIS Specialist, Climatologist, Environmental manager, Transportation Manager, Researcher/ journalist for travel Magazines, Archaeologist, Real Estate Agent

For more information, contact Mrs Payet