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Geography IGCSE [UKOL] £265.50

IGCSE Geography Code 0460

1 – Introduction
The CIE (University of Cambridge International Examinations) is a world leading provider of international qualifications, indeed it is the largest such provider in the world. The CIE is utilised in 150 countries and helps more than 1.5 million students achieve their goals every year

What makes educators around the world choose Cambridge? In short, recognition. The Cambridge IGCSE is internationally recognised by universities, schools and employers around the world as equivalent in status and academic rigour to a UK GCSE. The Cambridge IGCSE is excellent preparation for follow up courses, such as A/AS Level, the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), US Advanced Placement Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

For more information on recognition, look at: www.cie.org.uk/recognition.

For more information on the course generally, look at the spec at the following link and open the 2011 syllabus. This opening material relies heavily on the information provided in the specification:


The Cambridge IGCSE Geography course, along with being interesting and worthwhile in itself, is designed to allow you to develop skills and knowledge that will be transferrable beyond the confines of the course. Geography is also an important subject to study as it will increase your knowledge of the wider world.

 The course contains a number of activities and several TMA’s. Activities are for self assessment; they are designed to assist in your studies. TMA’s (Tutor Marked Assignments) should be returned to your tutor for marking and comment, although remember they so do not could towards your final mark.

2 – Assessment
Cambridge IGCSE syllabuses are designed for examination at age 16-plus. This syllabus is available for examination in both the June and November sessions.

There are four units or Papers as the IGCSE calls them. You will be expected to study unit’s 1 and 2 and 4. You will not have the option in this course of pursuing unit 3 as this is a school based assignment and is thus unsuitable to the distance learning format.


Paper 1
Exam – 1 hour 45 minutes

Candidates must 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)

45% of total marks

Paper 2
Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes

Candidates must 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 or Mauritius.

(60 marks)

27.5% of total marks

Paper 4
1 hour 30 minutes

Candidates answer all the questions, completing a series of written tasks based on the three themes (see page 8). The questions involve an appreciation of a range of techniques used in fieldwork studies. Questions test the methodology of questionnaires, observation, counts, measurement techniques and may involve developing hypotheses appropriate to specific topics. The processing, presentation and analysis of data will be tested.

(60 marks)

27.5% of total marks

• Candidates are not allowed to use atlases for the written papers
• All measurements on the written papers will be metric
• The twenty-four hour clock only will be quoted on the written papers

Further note that this course is not intended to prepare the student for paper 3 which is an examination centre based piece of coursework.

Aims of the Course

During the course you should develop:
• A greater understanding of place. This will be local, regional, national and global in scale
• An awareness of contrasting physical and human environments
• An understanding of the processes affecting the development of such environments
• Greater knowledge of the spatial effects of the ways in which people interact with the environment and each other
• A greater sense of the different communities that exist in the world
• An understanding of the opportunities and constraints presented by differing environments

This course has three main assessment objectives:
• AO1 Knowledge with understanding
• AO2 Skills and analysis
• AO3 Judgement and decision making

In assessment objective 1 (AO1) you will develop a knowledge and understanding of:
1. The wide range of processes and human actions that contribute to physical, economic, social, political and cultural environments and their associated effects on the landscape. You will also develop an understanding of the spatial patterns and interactions which are important within these environments
2. The inter-relationships between humans and the environment
3. The importance of scale
4. The change that occurs over time to landscapes etc.

In assessment objective 2 (AO2) you will develop your analytical skills and will be able to:
5. Analyse and interpret geographical data
6. Apply geographical understanding of maps in a variety a number of forms
7. Use geographical data to examine and determine patterns and relationships
8. Demonstrate understanding of data observation and collection techniques
9. Select and use techniques for organising data

In assessment objective 3 (AO3) you will develop your judgement and decision making skills and will be able to:
10. Reason and make judgements which demonstrate:
(a) A sensitivity to, and a concern for, landscape, the environment and the need for sustainable development
(b) The aesthetic appreciation of the earth including its people, places, landscape, natural processes and phenomenon
(c) An appreciation of the attitudes, values and beliefs of others
(d) An awareness of the contrasting opportunities and constraints of people living in different places and under different conditions
(e) A willingness to review their own attitudes in the light of new knowledge and experiences

11. Recognise the role of decision making within a geographical context as affected by:
(a) The physical and human contexts in which decisions are made
(b) The values and perceptions of groups and individuals
(c) The choices available to decision makers and the influences and constraints within which they operate
(d) The increasing level of global interdependency

 AO1 – Knowledge and Understanding AO2 – Skills and Analysis AO3 – Judgement and Decision Making Total
Paper – 1 21.5% 13.5% 10% 45%
Paper – 2 3% 22% 2.5% 27.5%
Paper – 4 5.5% 16.5% 5.5% 27.5%
Total 30% 52% 18% 100%
    Table 1: Allocation of marks across the papers

Candidates can combine this syllabus in an exam session with any other CIE syllabus, except:

• 2217 Geography
• 2223 Geography (Southern Africa)
• 2230 Geography (Brunei)

Please note that IGCSE, Cambridge International Level 1/Level 2 Certificates and other O Level syllabuses are at the same level.

Curriculum Themes

The curriculum is divided into three separate themes. These themes have been designed to develop an understanding of both the natural and the human environment. These themes are:

1 Population and settlement
2 The natural environment
3 Economic development and the use of resources

You will have access to tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course to ensure you are ready for your examinations.

Entry Requirements
Basic English reading and writing skills 


IGCSE Geography

Language of Examination
Units are provided in English only

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do your courses meet the latest syllabus changes?
A. yes, all our course materials meet any changes and will be updated free of charge if further changes are made.

Q. Why do I have to contact The Cambridge Board myself to find a centre.
A. We have students all over the UK and Europe and it is impossible for us to arrange dates and times for individual students.

Q. Are the courses paper based or on-line?
A. All our courses are paper based and come in attractive sturdy folders.

Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. Tutors are all working Teachers or Lecturers so contact is by email only.

Q. I want to take my exams but there are only a few months to study, is this possible?
A. Depending on the time of year, it is sometimes impossible to complete your studies in a short space of time as your work has to be marked and checked. More importantly the examination boards have cut off times which are not flexible.

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