Students are able to develop a “sense of place” by studying this syllabus and looking at the world around them on a local, regional, global scale. The syllabus helps students explore various nature and man-made environments as well as processes that affect the development of such environments. An important part of the syllabus includes the interaction of humans with their environment, as well as the opportunities and challenges different environments offer and impose on the communities and cultures around the world.
Candidates are expected to sit for three components: Paper 1, 2, and 3 or 4. Paper 1 is worth 45% of the grade and focuses on 3 themes: Population and settlement, The natural environment, and Economic development. Paper 2 is worth 27.5% of the total grade, and is based on testing the candidates’ interpretation and analysis of geographical information, decision making, and the application of graphical techniques as appropriate. Paper 3 is classified as coursework, where teachers set one school-based assignment of up to 2000 words. Paper 4 is a component that is alternative to coursework, where candidates are required to answer two questions in order to complete a series of written tasks. The field work scenarios for the questions will be taken from different aspects of the syllabus. Each component is worth 27.5% of the total grade.
Candidates are able to sit for these exams during the June and November examination sessions.
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