The Geography Syllabus

This page provides a brief overview of the Geography IBDP syllabus. Following an outline of the course it is highly recommended you visit the the IB website for the full documentation of the course.

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DP Geography SL/HL SyllabusSL Teaching HoursSL Assessment HL Teaching HoursHL Assessment
Part 1

Geographical Themes - 7 Options

2 Options studied at SL and 3 Options studied at HL

  • Freshwater Drainage Basins
  • Oceans and Coastal Margins
  • Extreme Environments
  • Geophysical Hazards
  • Leisure Tourism and Sport
  • Food and Health
  • Urban Environments
60 Hours

Paper 1

35%

45 mins per option

Total: 1 Hour 30 mins

Each option is 20 marks of which 10 marks is structured questions and 10 marks is an extended question from a choice of 2

Total: 40 Marks

90 Hours

Paper 1

35%

45 mins per option

Total: 2 Hours 15 mins

Each option is 20 marks of which 10 marks is structured questions and 10 marks is an extended question from a choice of 2

Total: 60 Marks

Part 2

SL/HL Core

Geographic Perspectives - Global Change

  • Population distribution—changing population
  • Global climate—vulnerability and resilience
  • Global resource consumption and security
70 Hours

Paper 2

40%

Total: 1 hour 15 minutes

Paper 2 Section A

3 structured questions, based on each SL/HL core unit

30 marks

Paper 2 Section B

Infographic or visual stimulus, with structured questions

10 marks

Paper 2 Section C

1 extended answer question from a choice of 2

10 marks

Total: 50 marks

70 Hours

Paper 2

25%

Total: 1 hour 15 minutes

Paper 2 Section A

3 structured questions, based on each SL/HL core unit

30 marks

Paper 2 Section B

Infographic or visual stimulus, with structured questions

10 marks

Paper 2 Section C

1 extended answer question from a choice of 2

10 marks

Total: 50 marks

Part 2 HL Core

HL only

Geographic perspectives—global interactions

  • Power, places and networks
  • Human development and diversity
  • Global risks and resilience
60 Hours

20%

Total:1 hour

Choice of three extended answer questions, with two parts, based on each HL core unit

28 marks

Part A—12 marks

Part B—16 marks

Total Examination Time

2 Hours 45 mins

4 Hours 30 mins
Internal Assessment

Fieldwork

Fieldwork, leading to one written report based on a fieldwork question, information collection and analysis with evaluation

20 Hours

Internal assessment

25%

Fieldwork question to be based on any suitable topic from the syllabus

Total 25 marks

20 Hours

Internal assessment

20%

Fieldwork question to be based on any suitable topic from the syllabus

Total 25 marks

Total Teaching Hours150 Hours240 Hours

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