Why are earthquakes more likely in San Francisco than in London? Where do people live and why? By taking this course you will have the opportunity to explore the facts and fully prepare for your exam with lessons crammed full of activities, diagrams and illustrations.

The specification is designed to provide students following IGCSE Geography with a course that develops a sound understanding and knowledge of geographical themes, issues and skills.

The course is split into the following 6 units:

  • Geographical Skills

  • River Environments

  • Coastal Environments

  • Economic Activity and Energy

  • Urban Environments

  • Fragile Environments

The Edexcel IGCSE in Geography enables students to:

  1. Actively engage in the process of geography to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

  2. Develop students knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world.

  3. Develop a framework of spatial awareness in which to appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments from (local to global).

  4. Appreciate the differences and similarities between people’s views of the world, its environments, societies and cultures.

  5. Understand the significance of values and attitudes to the development and resolution of issues.

  6. Develop their responsibilities as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive.

  7. Develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out-of-classroom learning.

  8. Use geographical skills, appropriate technologies, enquiry and analysis.

The course includes 8 practical and virtual fieldwork opportunities, and enables students to develop a range of geographical skills as they work with maps, diagrams, graphs, statistics, photographic images and online media.

Students should have internet access to carry out some of the research and lesson activities, some of which will be accessed by password.

The Syllabus:

The Geography IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in Geography (4GE0) for examinations in May/June 2015 and later years.

The 3 modules are:

  • Module 1: The natural environment and people

  • Module 2: People and their environments

  • Module 3: Global Issues


There is a single 2 hour and 45 minute written examination, with a single tier of entry.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course.


No coursework is required.

Additional Reading:

The Geography IGCSE course has been designed as a stand alone course and does not require any additional reading. However, the introduction lists some additional reading for students if they would like to gain a wider understanding of a particular subject.

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they need to keep in regular contact. The essential relationship between student and tutor begins with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan.

All tutors are fully qualified teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. So when you enrol on a home study course you can be assured of the assistance of a professionally qualified subject specific tutor.

We don't set a limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student consolidate the learning he or she has done and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a local rate telephone number such as a 0845 number. This means that when you phone your tutor it will only cost you the price of a local call. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres:

All IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we are not an examination centre. An Examinations Officer can assist with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms for all registered students but we do not book exams on behalf of students.

If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then we would advise contacting Edexcel for a list of Edexcel registered centres in your area. Edexcel exam centres are able to submit entries for any qualification that they are approved to offer

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the IGCSE Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

IGCSE Examination Fees:

Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre's administration costs. You can find out further information about the Private Candidate process and locate suitable exam centres by contacting Edexcel .

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study any of our home study courses from anywhere in the world. The IGCSE is offered to students in over 150 countries. We advise contacting the British Council or your local schools and colleges to enquire if they can offer the Edexcel IGCSE examinations.

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