The IB geography course enables boys to deepen their knowledge and understanding of some of the topics tackled at IGCSE whilst also exploring new areas of the subject.
The Core, taken by both Standard and Higher Level pupils is based around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and explores the geographical foundations of the key global issues of our time: changing population; global climate; and global resource consumption and security. All pupils also complete a 2,500-word internal assessment, which is a piece of coursework presenting the findings of a fieldwork investigation.
Supplementing the Core, all pupils study two additional topics: oceans and their coastal margins; and urban environments. In addition, Higher Level pupils also study extreme environments and a Higher Level extension course, global interactions (a detailed examination of the economic, socio-political and cultural causes and impacts of globalisation).
Usually 30-40 boys per year study geography at IB. Geography has for many years been a popular choice of university course for KES leavers and the department has a proud record of sending students to excellent universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.